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Athena Lea Orchard
Birth: Mar. 19, 2001
Death: May 28, 2014
Leicestershire, England

A 13-year-old girl who died following a battle with cancer left a heart-wrenching secret message hidden on the back of her mirror. Athena Orchard died last Wednesday (May 28) after losing her fight with the terminal disease. Just days after her death, Athena's dad, Dean, was stunned to discover a giant heartfelt note written in marker pen on the back of his daughter's mirror. The message was written after Athena was diagnosed with cancer, which she discovered after finding a tiny lump on her head last December. Before she died, she penned the lengthy message, which remained undiscovered until days after her death.

Athena was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, at the age of 12, after collapsing just before Christmas in the kitchen of the family's home in New Parks, Leicester. She had an emergency seven-and-a-half hour operation to remove a tumor on her spine, followed by months of chemotherapy targeting the cancer in her spine, shoulder, and head. She lost her hair and much of her strength – but not her positive outlook. In marker pen on the back of the mirror, she wrote: ‘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.'


 
 
Burial:
Gilroes Cemetery and Crematorium
Leicester
Leicester Unitary Authority
Leicestershire, England
 
Created by: AngelWings
Record added: Jun 05, 2014
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- sniksnak
 Added: May. 28, 2016
Angel day blessings Athena
- Esther Kinder
 Added: May. 27, 2016

- Joandra Carreno
 Added: Mar. 31, 2016
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