35-Year-Old Who Died Of Cancer Reminds Us To “Live A Little” In Viral Obituary

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If this doesn’t bring some tears to your eyes, you aren’t human.

Bailey Jean Matheson, from Canada, just passed away at the age of 35 from cancer. She was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma according to Today, a rare cancer that affects smooth muscle tissue. Doctors said chemo would almost certainly not help her, and gave her two years to live.

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Instead of being down, Bailey decided to live life. She ending up traveling to 13 countries: the U.S., Ireland, England, Norway, Croatia, Montenegro, St. Lucia, Mexico, France, Morocco, Greece, Portugal and Spain. She also saw her favorite band Coldplay twice, Today says.

Her obituary has now gone viral. She wrote it herself before passing away a couple weeks ago.

Here’s what she had to say, via In Memoriam:

“35 years may not seem long, but damn it was good!”

To my parents, thank you for supporting me and my decisions throughout my life. 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. 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.

To my friends, being an only child, I’ve always cherished my friendships more than anything because I’ve never had siblings of my own. I never thought I could love my friends more than I did but going through this and having your unconditional love and support you have made something that is normally so hard, more bearable and peaceful. Thank you and I love you all so much.
To my Brent, you came into my life just three months before my diagnosis. You had no idea what you were getting yourself into when you swiped right that day. I couldn’t have asked for a better man to be by my side for all the adventures, appointments, laughs, cries and breakdowns. You are an amazing person and anyone in your life is so fortunate to know you. I love you beyond words.


“Don’t take the small stuff so seriously and live a little.” 

That stops you in your tracks, doesn’t it? You can read the full obituary here.

image via In Memoriam

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