Life Advice From A 27-Year-Old With Terminal Cancer

What would you want to tell people if you knew you were dying? One young woman got the chance to do so, and thousands of people are sharing her words.

Holly Butcher, a 27-year-old from Australia, died Jan. 4 of Ewing’s sarcoma – but not without sharing sage life advice just the day before on her Facebook page, BuzzFeed News reports.

“It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young,” she begins. “It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; Until the unexpected happens.”

Ewing’s sarcoma is a type of cancer that’s mostly found in and around people’s bones and usually affects children and young adults. There are less than 1,000 cases of the disease in the U.S. every year.

“I’m 27 now,” she continued. “I don’t want to go. I love my life. I am happy.. I owe that to my loved ones. But the control is out of my hands.” Her words went viral on social media, with the post at more than 88,500 shares as of Tuesday afternoon.

Butcher wrote out a number of suggestions, offering perspective for people on what to appreciate in life while they’re still living it.

“I hear people complaining about how terrible work is or about how hard it is to exercise – Be grateful you are physically able to,” she said. “Work and exercise may seem like such trivial things … until your body doesn’t allow you to do either of them.”

Butcher recommended eating cake with zero guilt, doing what makes your heart happy, talking to your friends and cuddling your dog.

She also said to “give, give, give,” “value other people’s time,” “use your money on experiences” and to “get amongst nature.”

Butcher ended the post with a plea for blood donation, crediting it with prolonging her life.

“Blood donation (more bags than I could keep up with counting) helped keep me alive for an extra year – a year I will be forever grateful that I got to spend it here on Earth with my family, friends and dog,” she said. “A year I had some of the greatest times of my life.”