After They Lost Their Daughter To Cancer, This Family Found This Hidden Message Behind Her Mirror.

When someone finds out that they have a terminal illness, it’s natural for them to try and make the most of the little time they have left. Some people go on extravagant trips around the world, while others are just content to spend some time with their families.

But for 13-year-old Athena Orchard, who was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma, that wasn’t going to be enough.

Athena died in her father’s arms on May 28, 2014, after losing her battle with a form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. She was diagnosed at the age of 12, and was given one year to live.

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Her parents, Dean and Caroline, as well as her three brothers and six sisters were absolutely heartbroken by her loss.

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But one day, while Dean was going through Athena’s old things, he noticed something unusual on the back of her full-length mirror: a lengthy message from his late daughter.

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Here is an excerpt of Athena’s inspiring message:

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Maybe it’s not about the happy ending, maybe it’s about the story. The purpose of life is a life of purpose. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. Happiness is a direction not a destination. Thank you for existing. Be happy, be free, believe, forever young. You know my name, not my story.

You have heard what I’ve done, but not what I’ve been through. Love is like glass, looks so lovely but it’s easy to shatter.

Love is rare, life is strange, nothing lasts and people change. Every day is special, so make the most of it, you could get a life ending illness tomorrow so make the most of every day. Life is only bad if you make it bad. If someone loves you, then they wouldn’t let you slip away no matter how hard the situation is. Remember that life is full of ups and downs.

Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about. I want to be that girl who makes the bad days better and the one that makes you say my life has changed since I met her!

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.

But the story doesn’t end there.

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You can really see how much Athena’s family was affected by her message. Clearly, this girl was wise beyond her years, and her family will never forget her parting words.

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