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Carson Daly's Mom Wrote a Touching 'Goodbye Letter' When She Thought She Was Dying

Television personality Carson Daly recently lost his mother, who suffered a heart attack at the age of 73. As the former late-night talk show host and now morning 'Today' show host went through his mother's things, he found something that she had written for him and his sister 20 years earlier. When October rolled around, he knew he had to share it in hopes that it will bring hope to millions.

Back in 1998, Daly's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Apparently, she thought things might not work out too well for her, because she penned a touching 'goodbye letter' to her two children. Daly and his sister never knew about the letter until their mother actually died 20 years later.

"My sister & I just discovered this 'goodbye' letter Mom left in her desk drawer. It was written in the thick of her breast cancer battle. She clearly thought she might not make it. We never knew. This was 1998. She lived almost 20 years longer. She survived and thrived. Never give up," Daly wrote in an Instagram post, along with a photo of the letter.

The sweet note Pattie Daly Caruso penned to her children read, "Take good care of yourselves and each other. I'm so proud of you. Each of you have brought me so much joy! Walk closely with God and be faithful to His word. Teach my grandchildren as you have been taught. Live each day and celebrate life — it's God's greatest gift! You can feel my love even now — know I am with you always. Your Mommy."

Caruso ended up beating the breast cancer, but the letter remained in her drawer all these years. Ms. Caruso had devoted much of that time to charities, including the American Cancer Foundation, Eisenhower Medical Center Auxiliary, and the Ronald McDonald House. The humanitarian would probably have been proud to know that her letter could bring hope to millions who face the same challenges that she did 20 years ago.

It was appropriate for her son to share the letter in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer awareness has led to hundreds of thousands of lives being saved. According to the American Cancer Society, from 1989 to 2015, deaths from breast cancer dropped nearly 40 percent.

"Declines in breast cancer mortality rates have been attributed to both improvements in treatment, and early detection by mammography," read the report.

Caruso's letter serves as a reminder to women that even when you are in the depths of despair, you shouldn't give up. There is hope.

Daly got many positive responses to his heart-warming story. "AMAZING GIFT to you, your sister and family! She’ll live on in you and your kids," read one comment.

"How awesome that you found this!" said another.

"Omg there are no words, you had such a loving mother. My heart goes out to you and your family," said yet another commenter.

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