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'Forget the trivial things' - Young dying woman's final words of advice go viral

The final words of advice from a young woman who lost her battle with a rare form of cancer have gone viral.

Holly Butcher, who was 27, passed away last week after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma - a rare form of cancer in and around the bones that mainly affects young people.

Before she died, Holly wrote a letter reminding readers to cherish life and to "forget the trivial things that we let bother us".

Her family in New South Wales in Australia posted her final words on to her Facebook page following her death.

In her letter, Holly wrote: "It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality. 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.

"I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled and grey - most likely caused by the beautiful family (lots of kiddies) I planned on building with the love of my life. I want that so bad it hurts."

She continued: "That’s the thing about life - it is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right."

As well as telling readers to not spent their time "whinging about ridiculous things", Holly also offered a list of life advice.

This included: "Listen to music... really listen. Music is therapy. Old is best. Cuddle your dog. I will miss that.

"Talk to your friends. Put down your phone. Are they doing okay?

"Travel if it’s your desire, don’t if it’s not. Work to live, don’t live to work."

The letter was posted on January 4 and has so far been liked 176,000 times and has nearly 127,000 shares

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