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Athena Orchard dies of cancer; family later discovers 3000-word priceless note

Thirteen-year-old Athena Orchard died after a bone cancer battle on May 28 and left behind a grieving family. However, after the girl's death, her family found a secret message she left behind in her bedroom. And according to a June 5 Yahoo News report, Athena's hidden note -- some 3,000 words -- gave them all a reason to carry on and live life without boundaries and regret.

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Athena Orchard, citing an in-depth report from Inquisitr, collapsed at her grandmother's residence in 2013 during the Christmas holidays. Shortly thereafter, she and her family received a very grim diagnosis about her sudden illness: the girl with the bubbly personality was stricken with osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that attacks the bones.

The treatment plan was for Athena to undergo conventional cancer treatment, which included grueling sessions of chemotherapy. Along the way, the young girl lost her hair – a side effect of the cancer drug -- but not her optimism about life, as evidenced from this photo of her and an unidentified companion.

She was the bravest person I know. She was always trying to make sure other people were OK before worrying about herself. She was always being positive." ~ Caroline, Athena's mom.

At their Leicester, England residence, after cancer claimed their precious daughter's life, the girl's loved ones began the painful, but necessary task of sorting through her personal possessions. It's often a time that's fraught with a wide range of emotions: anger, guilt,, awareness, and strength. Thankfully, it was the latter that rose to the surface.

As they rifled through Athena's things, the Orchard family found a long handwritten note on the back of the girl's mirror in her bedroom. All told, it was a secret message to the tune of about 3,000 words that the amazing girl penned at some time before she died. In short, it was her testimony and outlook on life.

Her father, Dean, 33, said this about the discovery of his daughter's note: "She never mentioned it, but it's the kind of thing she'd do. She was a very spiritual person, she'd go on about stuff that I could never understand – she was so clever."

Here are a few excerpts from the note the family would treasure for an eternity:

...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."

At first, the Orchard family found it hard to get through the ominous message. But they soon reasoned, it was meant for their eyes only and their daughter intended it to be this way. What’s more, they learned that reading through it gave them strength and was the best form of grief therapy anyone could offer.

Rest in peace Athena Orchard.

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