Athena Orchard died from cancer at the age of 13 on May 28 and left behind a touching note that her family found on the back of her mirror. ABC News reports that the letter was about happiness and illness. It was a note that left a profound impact on her parents.
"Happiness depends on ourselves, Athena wrote. "Maybe it’s not about the happy ending. Maybe it’s about the story."
Athena was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. A small lump on her head was discovered in December. After she collapses at about Christmastime, doctors found the cancer in her spine, left shoulder, and head. It took a lengthy surgery to remove the tumor from her spine. Following the surgery, she went through chemotherapy.
Athena Orchard died in the U.K. Her parents found the note when they were going through her belongings in the days after she died. That's when they discovered the girl's message.
"She never mentioned it, but it’s the kind of thing she’d do," said Athena’s father, Dean Orchard. "I started reading it, but before long I had to stop because it was too much. It was heartbreaking."
"Every day is special, so make the most of it,” Athena wrote. "You could get a life-ending illness tomorrow, so make the most of every day. Life is only bad if you make it bad."
Read more of the letter Athena Orchard left HERE.