Sweet Letter Mom Wrote to Teen Before Dying of Cancer Goes Viral

Sometimes I wonder which is worse – to have a loved one die suddenly, or to know they have a terminal illness that gives you the time to say your goodbyes and appreciate every moment with them. I have experienced both types of loss more often than I would like and both are gut wrenching. But one mom found a way to remind her loved ones how much she loved them, after she passed away.

In July 2016 Margaret “Peggy” Summers from New Haven, Indiana was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer. She had potentially life threatening surgery in June this year. She survived but died in a hospice four months later on Oct. 31 at the age of 55, leaving behind a husband and four children.

While her family was grieving they stumbled upon some letters that she had left on her dresser, behind her jewelry box. Knowing that she may not have survived the surgery back in June, Peggy wrote letters telling her loved ones how much they mean to her. Her 18-year-old daughter Hannah shared her mom’s letter to her on Twitter. The sweet, heartfelt note has since gone viral.

Hannah Summers, Peggy Summers hugging
Credit: Twitter / @_hannahsummers

What did Peggy Summers tell her daughter Hannah in the letter?

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan.com, Elle.com and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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