Bailey Jean Matheson, 35, of Halifax, Canada, was diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago, but after finding out about the grim diagnosis, she decided to skip chemotherapy to fully embrace her remaining time.
Matheson was reportedly concerned about the side effects of chemotherapy and opted to spend her time traveling and being with loved ones.
Her obituary, published in Canada’s The Chronicle Herald, started off by saying: “35 years may not seem long, but damn it was good!"
Matheson then thanked her parents for allowing her to make her own decisions and follow her dreams.
“I always remember my mom saying losing a child would be the hardest loss a parent could go through,” she wrote. “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.”
She also thanked her friends as well as her boyfriend, Brent, whom she met shortly before learning about her illness.
“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,” she wrote.
Matheson finished her obit by urging people to appreciate their own lives.
“Don't take the small stuff so seriously and live a little,” she added.