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Woman who died from cancer wrote her own obituary

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A woman who passed away from cancer wrote her own obituary in which she revealed ‘life was good’.

Bailey Jean Matheson, from Halifax, Canada was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer two years ago.

The 35-year-old made an inspirational decision to make the most of her time left.

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She made the difficult to stop treatment and spend her remaining time travelling and with her loved ones.

She wrote in her local paper the Chronicle Herald: ’35 years may not seem long, but damn it was good!.’

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Matheson, who ran her own beauty business, thanked her parents for backing her decision not to undergo chemo.

She said that as an only child she knew the decision wouldn’t be easy for them to accept.

‘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,’ she said.

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She also praised her friends for their unconditional love and support, and said they made her cancer journey ‘more bearable and peaceful’.

She ended her obituary by urging people around her to appreciate their own lives as well.  

‘Don’t take the small stuff so seriously and live a little,’ she wrote.

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And in a moment of light humour she joked her boyfriend had no idea what he was signing up for when they met on Tinder just months before her diagnosis.

In her final few months, Matheson got to see her favourite band, Coldplay, twice and traveled to 13 countries, including the U.S., Ireland, England, Norway, Croatia, Montenegro, St. Lucia, Mexico, France, Morocco, Greece, Portugal and Spain. 

One of her best friends, Julie Carrigan, told Today that she wanted her obituary ‘to be a message to everybody I loved’, and not a ‘boring’ one. 

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