The father of a 12-year-old girl who died last week following a 6-month battle with cancer found a heartbreaking hidden message on the back side of her mirror, according to a report from the Leicester Mercury.
Athena Orchard, of Leicester, England, died at her home last Wednesday after losing her fight with the disease. According to the paper, she was diagnosed in December 2013.
A few days after Athena’s death, the girl’s father, Dean, 33, found a long note written in marker on the back of a large stand-up mirror, according to the paper. One line read:
“You could get a life-ending illness tomorrow so make the most of every day. Life is only bad if you make it bad.”
Her mother, Caroline, said she was the bravest person she knew.
“She was always trying to make sure other people were okay before worrying about herself,” Caroline told the paper.
“Maybe it’s not about the happy ending, maybe it’s about the story The purpose of life is a life of purpose. Happiness depends upon ourselves. Thank you for existing. Be happy, be free, believe, forever young.”
Read more: Leicester Mercury