A young woman’s story of living & dying of cancer

It’s been an interesting day today.  I finally got my butt to the trap club today – first time since September and broke some clays.  I was worried that it would be a disaster since I haven’t shot in so long, but it turned into a good time.  I shot pretty well – missed a few (5 actually) and I was really grinding the targets to dust.  A good thing. It felt good to be out there shooting and catching up with friends.

I came home a few hours later and started reading local news online.  For some morbid reason, I felt compelled to look at the obituary section. Not something I often do.

I’m glad I did today.  There was a notice about a young lady formerly from Roseville (CA), last from San Francisco who had passed away a couple of weeks ago from an extremely rare form of cancer.  She was 23 and just starting her job at the SF Chronicle as a copy editor when she was diagnosed.  She was 28 when she passed.  Just after learning of her diagnosis, she started writing about her journey with this cancer for the SF Chronicle.  I’ve spent the better part of the past 4 hours reading the series and her blog.

You can read it here: http://www.sfgate.com/alicia/

Alicia Parlette’s story was about cancer, despair, hope and faith.  She was a gifted writer and a cancer patient.  She was honest in her writings as she shared her life, her hopes and her faith…and she is now gone.  We will be poorer for it.

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