Athena Orchard, a 12-year-old cancer victim who died on May 28, wrote a secret heartfelt note on the back of a mirror before she passed. Her family members recently discovered the note and were in complete disbelief.
Athena’s father, Dean, was shocked by the note, which tells the reader to “make the most of every day” among a plethora of other positive messages. He admits that he had to stop reading it midway through because it just became “too much.” “She never mentioned [the note], but it’s the kind of thing she’d do.”
Athena was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, one of the most common kinds of bone cancer, last November after she found a small bump on her head. Within months of finding this first tumor, doctors found many more, including one on her spine.
The following are notable quotes from the letter written by Athena, who is described by her mother as “an inspiration to everyone” and as always worrying about others before herself:
“You could get a life-ending illness tomorrow so make the most of every day… Life is only bad if you make it bad.”
“Remember that life is full of ups and downs, without the downs the ups don’t mean anything.”
“Love is rare, life is strange, nothing lasts and people change.”
“Love is like glass, looks so lovely, but it’s easy to shatter.”
“Thank you for existing. Be happy, be free, believe, forever young.”
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. Happiness is a direction not a destination.”
And, my personal favorite:
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
Happiness depends upon ourselves. Maybe it’s not about the happy ending, maybe it’s about the story.
The purpose of life is a life of purpose. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
Happiness is a direction not a destination. Thank you for existing. Be happy, be free, believe, forever young. You know my name, not my story.
You have heard what I’ve done, but not what I’ve been through. Love is like glass, looks so lovely but it’s easy to shatter.
Love is rare, life is strange, nothing lasts and people change. Every day is special, so make the most of it, you could get a life ending illness tomorrow so make the most of every day. Life is only bad if you make it bad.
If someone loves you, then they wouldn’t let you slip away no matter how hard the situation is. Remember that life is full of ups and downs.
Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about. I want to be that girl who makes the bad days better and the one that makes you say my life has changed since I met her!
Love is not about how much you say I love you – it’s about how much you can prove it’s true. Love is like the wind, you can feel it but you can’t see it. I’m waiting to fall in love with someone I can open my heart to.
Love is not about who you can see spending your future with, it’s about who you can’t see spending your life without… Life is a game for everyone but love is the prize. Only I can judge me.
Sometimes love hurts. Now I’m fighting myself. Baby I can feel your pain. Dreams are my reality. It hurts but it’s okay, I’m used to it.
Don’t be quick to judge me, you only see what I choose to show you… you don’t know the truth. I just want to have fun and be happy without being judged.
This is my life, not yours, don’t worry about what I do. People gonna hate you, rate you, break you, but how strong you stand, that’s what makes you… you!
There’s no need to cry because I know you’ll be by my side