A 35-year-old woman who died from cancer earlier this month has penned her own touching obituary in which she proclaims ‘life was good’.
Bailey Jean Matheson, from Halifax, Canada, was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer two years ago but decided she wanted to embrace life fully, with the time she had left.
Concerned about the side effects of chemo, she decided to skip therapy for her incurable disease and instead spend her remaining time on Earth travelling and spending her time with loved ones.
Bailey Jean Matheson, 35, was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and died April 5
Before she passed, she ended up writing her own obituary, full of advice for friends and family
Bailey Jean Matheson Obituary
January 23, 1984 – April 5, 2019.
’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. I am survived by my loving parents, Wendy (Foxwell) and Sandy (John Alexander) Matheson; my amazing and caring boyfriend, Brent Andrews and family; my wonderful pets, Rosella, Cat, Peyton (Boo Boo) and Harley; my great group of friends; my Aunt Sharon MacIntyre and family; my Aunt Paulette Novacco and family, and my Uncle Ted Foxwell and family.
I was predeceased by my maternal grandmother, Lillian Clark; paternal grandparents, Elsie (Matheson) MacKenzie and Alex Matheson. Thank you for all the support, donations, fundraisers, food, messages and calls over the past two years. It means the world to me.
A special thank you to my aunts, Sharon and Paulette, for being supportive and thank you to all my doctors, my palliative care team, all my VONs, my social worker, and East Coast Naturolpathic.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Melanies Way or Young Adults Cancer Canada. Details regarding the Celebration of Life will follow at a later date.
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