Raw, adjective: 8. brutally harsh or unfair: a raw deal

This makes me sad.

I've been following this young woman's story since she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in her hip and breast several years ago. Alicia Parlette is a former Chronicle copy editor who used her writing as a means to cope with her too-young-diagnosis (at 23!). Loyal SFGate readers will note that we haven't heard much from her lately; this would be why.

Under the advice of her doctors, Parlette's given up treatment and is now in hospice care, awaiting imminent death at the age of 28. Wow. What a sobering reminder not to take any moment for granted. Girlfriend sounds like she's got some good perspective, lots of pastries, and is maybe even able to laugh about it now and then, but geez. My recent irritation over taxes and homework and too little sleep suddenly seems, well, silly and self-serving and small. Peace to you, Alicia.

Alicia Parlette faces final stages of journey (SFGate)


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