“Live a little”: Writes 35-year-old who died of cancer in her own obituary


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 in an obituary she wrote herself before her death.

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

“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.

“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,” Matheson, who was an only child, wrote.

She also expressed her deep gratitude to her friends.

“I’ve always cherished my friendships more than anything because I’ve never had siblings of my own,” Matheson wrote. “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.” – TODAY


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