Athena Orcher was diagnosed with brain cancer in December of 2013. The cancer was extremely aggressive, and 12 year old Athens lost her battle last Wednesday. Dean, her Father, was going through her things a few days after she passed away, and made a shocking discovery behind her bedroom mirror. The sweet, brave, 12 year old Athena had written a heartfelt note to her family and friends along the entire back of the mirror.

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Her parents were floored by the discovery. They never knew anything was behind the mirror. They only noticed the writing when they picked it up to moved it.

Below are some excepts of the note Athena left for her family and friends.


“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, without the downs the ups don’t mean anything.

“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 only prize.”