(NY POST) – An upbeat obituary penned by a 35-year-old Canadian woman who lived life on her own terms before dying of cancer has gone viral.
Bailey Jean Matheson urged others to “live a little” in the final message, which her family published on her behalf after she died on April 5.
“35 years may not seem long, but damn it was good!” Matheson wrote.
Matheson — who lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia– explained her decision not to pursue chemotherapy after she was diagnosed in January 2017 with leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that affects smooth muscle tissue.
Doctors told her she could undergo the treatment but it was unlikely the chemo would beat the cancer, the “Today” show reported.
Instead, when she was given two years to live, she decided to make the most of her time left.
As she battled the cancer, Matheson traveled to more than a dozen countries, spanning the globe from Ireland to St. Lucia, according to the “Today” show.
“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,” Matheson wrote. “I know how hard that must have been watching me stop treatment and letting nature take its course.”
Matheson also expressed her appreciation for her boyfriend, who she met three months before her diagnosis. “To my Brent… you had no idea what you were getting yourself into when you swiped right that day,” she wrote.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better man to be by my side for all the adventures, appointments, laughs, cries and breakdowns,” the obituary said.
Signing off with one last piece of advice, Matheson wrote: “Don’t take the small stuff so seriously and live a little.”