'Stop letting insignificant situations stress you out': A 32-year-old woman wrote her own obituary with a lesson on living

Business Insider Lifestyle 1 month ago

Days before she died from cancer, a woman wrote her own obituary with a lesson on how to live.

Ashley Kuzma, 32, died September 22 in Cleveland, Ohio, after a two-year fight with laryngeal cancer, her mother, Vicky Kuzma, told ABC's "Good Morning America." Prior to her death, Ashley worked as a gifted support teacher at McDowell Intermediate High School in Eerie County, Pennsylvania.

Her family told GMA that they found out that Ashley Kuzma had written her own obituary after discovering the document in her Google Drive. Upon finding it, her mother said she knew they had to publish it.

"This is her last message to us, how could we not?" Vicky Kuzma told GMA.

In the obituary, Ashley Kuzma shared details on her life — how she earned her teaching degree, her travels while studying abroad in London, and what she enjoys doing in her spare time. At one point of the obituary, Kuzma cracks a joke about knowing that death was impending for her, writing "The good thing is I no longer have to worry about saving for retirement, paying off student loans, or trying not to get skin cancer???"

"I am extremely grateful for the life that I lived," Kuzma wrote. "I was fortunate to have a loving family, supportive friends, a stable and meaningful job, and a house to call my own."

Kuzma wrote about one positive outcome from having recurrent cancer — after all that time spent thinking about death, it instead taught her how to live life, she said.

"My wish for you is to stop letting insignificant situations stress you out," Kuzma wrote. "Do what is important to you. Relax and enjoy the company of those around you. What do you value in your life? In the end, that's what matters."

Kuzma concluded her obituary by asking her friends and family to "host a celebration of my life," since she thinks that "viewings are too sad for everyone," she wrote.

Vicky Kuzma told GMA that the family is planning to celebrate Ashley's life this upcoming weekend with a party, abandoning the traditional black funeral clothes and including "a lot of good friends and family and food and drink to toast to her life."

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