A young life was cut short because of cancer. This awful disease, which can attack anyone no matter age, gender, or race, takes a lot of bravery to fight, but even then, many lose the battle.

On the day she lost her life to cancer, 25-year-old Daniella Thackray posted her final words on Facebook and LinkedIn.

“If you’re reading this then it means I have died from my battle with cancer and my family are posting my final message on my behalf,” her statement began.

“Firstly, I just want to say that not all cancers are caused by lifestyle choices, in some cases it’s genetics or unfortunately it just happens. In my case, despite me being very healthy and active, a cancer started in my bile ducts which was not caused by anything in my control and my life was never the same again.”

The post revealed that this beautiful young woman was diagnosed with Cholangiocarinoma, “a rare aggressive cancer with often no obvious causes and no cure.” And although the rare cancer claimed her life, one of Daniella’s final wishes is that, “in the years to come, more research is done about this horrid cruel disease so that more lives can be saved.”

Despite the fact she couldn’t do anything to help herself, she still got to decide how to “react” about her illness. “I chose not to mourn the life I was losing despite being so devastated, but to instead enjoy every moment I had left.”

“As I have always said and believed you should enjoy the little things in life and cherish every moment! Romanticise your life! Do whatever makes you happy and don’t let anyone take the joy of life away from you,” Daniella continued.

Being robbed of her future didn’t mean she couldn’t enjoy the presence she was given. And in her short life, Daniella achieved what she always dreamed of. She “loved my job, my fiancé, my family, my friends and my dog, and the house we were going to buy and the future we were making for ourselves.”

In her post, she included her gratitude to her fur baby Leo and everyone who helped make her world magical.

She then left one final message to the man she loved, her fiancé Tom. “I love you and always will. Thank you for supporting me and bringing so much love and happiness into my life. Go enjoy your life now, you deserve it.”

“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you,” her message ended.

Everyone who knew her agree that this young woman was an incredible person. May she rest in peace.


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