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Father of 12-year-old cancer victim finds ‘heartbreaking’ hidden message on back of mirror

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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.

Athena wrote:

“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


  • stinger90

    How touching and TRUE. I lost my mom to cancer this past Feb. Up to the end, her concern was for her family and friends to enjoy life to the fullest and to know she’s with us throughout our lives.

  • Patricia G

    How Beautiful! That is a gift from their daughter that they will cherish for ever, her way of letting them know it’s okay, and she will always be with them.

  • Chucky

    I just don’t understand how it is that so many children can have cancer and die so young. She was diagnosed in December and died 6 months later.

  • Lee Goins

    LOL, most 12 year olds can’t write that neat……I’m betting the parents wrote it just to get into the news,,,,and if that’s the case, they are sick-minded people.

    • Shae

      Are you serious?? She was 12, NOT 6. At 12, I wrote extremely well!; thanks to my mother, and teachers. Smh. To even insinuate that the parents may have wrote it, shows you’re the sick minded individual. Shame on you!

  • llw

    Lee Coins, you are a naysayer, Always look for the best in everything until it is proven to be wrong, then you can gloat.
    These are beautiful words written by a 12 year old to her family, you need to respect her. Parents with a child with cancer would never stoop that low. Shame on you!

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