Woman, 35, who died of cancer urges people to ‘live a little’ in viral obituary

Woman, 35, who died of cancer urges people to ‘live a little’ in viral obituary
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When Bailey Jean Matheson found out she had two years to live, she decided to make the most out the time she had left. She wanted others to do the same.

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

So begins Bailey Jean Matheson’s obituary, which she carefully wrote herself before dying of cancer this month at 35. The woman’s upbeat tone, young age, poignant life advice and warm messages to her loved ones are garnering lots of attention in her native Canada and beyond.

“Don’t take the small stuff so seriously and live a little,” Matheson urged others in the missive, which was accompanied by her smiling photo.

She thanked her parents for giving her “the greatest gift” by supporting her decision not to go through chemotherapy and letting her live the rest of her life the way she wanted.

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