When Bailey Jean Matheson found out she only had two years to live she wrote her own obituary before dying of cancer.
Matheson said 35 years may not seem like a long time but proclaimed before passing “damn life was good.”
After her cancer diagnosis, Matheson, an only child refused to undergo chemotherapy for her terminal illness due to the side effects and told her parents she wanted to stop her treatment.
Instead, the woman from Halifax, Canada, chose to travel and spend time with her loved ones, and “live a little.”
In an obituary, published by Chronicle Herald, she thanked her parents for giving her “the greatest gift” after radiation failed and said:
I know how hard that must have been watching me stop treatment and letting nature take its course. I love you both even more for this.
I always remember my mom saying losing a child would be the hardest loss a parent could go through. My parents gave me the greatest gift of supporting my decisions with not going through chemo and just letting me live the rest of my life the way I believed it should be.
TODAY reports, Matheson started having mysterious stomach pains in 2016. In 2017 doctors diagnosed the woman with leiomyosarcoma, a rare incurable disease that affects smooth muscle tissue.
Matheson’s boyfriend, Brent Andrews, whom she met three months prior to her sickness told the outlet:
“She was worried that those two years — if she was going through chemo — her quality of life during that time wouldn’t be very good, so she just went for it and did a lot of stuff that she really wanted to do.”
Matheson traveled the world, visiting 13 countries. She saw her favorite band, Coldplay, perform twice, and spent lots of time with her friends and family before her death.
The 35-year-old ended her obituary by saying, “don’t take the small stuff so seriously and live a little.”
Matheson died on April 5, she was scheduled to be commemorated in a “Celebration of Life” ceremony.
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