“Cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence”: Jackie Collins’ final heartfelt letter to her fans 11



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It has just been revealed what Jackie Collins wanted to tell her fans about her cancer diagnosis before she died.

It’s been less than three weeks since the best-selling author died from advanced breast cancer, a secret she kept not only from her fans but her family for many years.

Now, for the first time, her personal letter to her fans about her cancer diagnosis has been revealed.

This is what she said in a post to her website:

Hi there ~

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!

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!

For the month of October I will donate 20% of my self-published book sales (see below list), with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Keep your comments coming on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter… you know I love hearing from you. I’m off to keep writing!

Stay healthy, stay lucky and take chances!


The 77-year-old was an inspiration to us all for her positive attitude despite a terminal diagnosis. She previously spoke to People magazine about refusing to let cancer affect her life.
“I certainly don’t wake up in the morning and think, ‘Oh, I have terminal cancer,’ because I don’t. I have a chronic disease. We’re all going to go at some time. I want people to see me as an example of strength – and doing things my way,” she explained just five days before her death.

“Your mind controls your body, so you must. If you have a positive attitude, you can conquer anything. That’s what you do. It’s just been an incredible journey”.


Tell us, do you agree with what Jackie said in her letter? Will you take her comments on board?


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  1. Of course her attitude makes sense , we will all die if something the difference some know of what they are dying from but the rest of us are not sure.shes been given the chance to get her life in order before she leaves her loved ones and the rest of us say “one day when im gone”never dreaming it could be tomorrow or the next but we sure as hell know we will die!

  2. From the day we are born, none of us know how long we will be here for. Live each day as it comes; as well as you can and with as much love and kindness that you can muster.

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