(Picture; Getty)Bailey Jean Matheson was only 35 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer. Just three months prior, she met her partner Brent Andrews.
The business owner, from Canada, was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer in the abdomen, and was given 12 months to live.
Amazingly, Bailey managed to survive two and a half years and made the brave decision to not go through chemotherapy.
Writing her own obituary days before her passing, she wrote she wanted to ‘live the rest of my life the way I believed it should be’.
In the short time she had left, she visited some of the best local and faraway spots that she could with her boyfriend Brent.
But, she wrote, the decision to live out her last days naturally without treatment must’ve been difficult for her parents, especially as she was an only child.
‘My parents gave me the greatest gift of supporting my decisions,’ she wrote. ‘How hard that must have been watching me stop treatment and letting nature take its course.’
The rest of the self-penned obit follows the same emotional sentiments, so prepare for some waterworks.
(Picture: InMemoriam.Ca/Bailey Jean Matheson)Bailey broke up the obit into five parts: a section for her friends, for Brent, her parents, aunts, and social workers.
She began: ‘To my parents, thank you for supporting me and my decisions throughout my life. I always remember my mum 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.’
The next bit was for her friends.
She wrote: ‘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.’
(Picture: Getty)Bailey then wrote: ‘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.’
Next, Bailey thanked her aunts, her palliative care team, and all her doctors and nurses.
She also urged people to send donations to charities Melanie’s Way or Young Adults Cancer Canada.
Bailey passed away on 5 April. But she left everyone with one last little message: ‘Don’t take the small stuff so seriously and live a little.’
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