Jackie Collins may have passed away last month, but we're just now getting to read the final words she had for her fans.
The best-selling novelist died at the age of 77, after losing a 7-year battle with breast cancer. But now — on her website — her team has released the last letter she wrote to her supporters.
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In her message, The Santangelos author stressed the importance of getting tested regularly, in order to catch cancer early on:
"As you may have recently heard, I revealed that I have been LIVING life to the fullest with Stage 4 Breast Cancer for the past six and a half years. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my message is this: Early detection can save lives! Get regular mammograms, and/or tell your loved ones too. Low cost or free mammograms are offered through many national programs and community organizations, so do your research. Even if you've been screened, and you have a gut feeling that something in your body is off, get a second opinion!"
She expressed that, if you do get diagnosed with the disease, it's important to remain optimistic, writing:
"Cancer does not have to be a death sentence! You, or someone you love, can live an extraordinary life regardless. Be kind and be grateful. Never underestimate the power of your mind. Embrace what you love, and LIVE life to the fullest, as tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Whatever your pain or struggle in life, don't allow it to turn you into a victim… let your battle turn you into someone else's hero!"
The writer finished her note by saying that she would donate 20% of her self-published book sales to the Susan G. Komen Foundation during the month of October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Throughout most of her fight with the illness, Jackie had really only shared her diagnosis with her three daughters. We are truly touched by her last letter, and our hearts are with everyone affected by the deadly disease.
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