Alicia Parlette Breathed Her Last on Thursday
Alicia Parlette, who moved many readers with 'Alicia's Story, breathed her last just before noon Thursday at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.
She began her career as a Copy Editor for The Chronicle, after graduating from the Journalism Department at University of Nevada, Reno. In the year, 2005, she discovered that she had a rare form of cancer in her hip and breast called alveolar soft part sarcoma.
The cancer spread to her lungs, despite treatments of interferon and chemotherapy. She was admitted to the emergency room on April 2, for breathing problems and unbearable pain in her hip. Ms. Parlette along with her medical team, decided to stop the treatment by mid-April.
She had a private commitment ceremony with Lucas Beeler, the boyfriend she had met on BART in October. She was given the wedding ring worn by Lucas’s mother and grandmother.
Ms. Parlette has also managed to record her thoughts on a digital recorder. She revealed it to The Chronicle that writing "Alicia's Story" made her feel like a writer with a capital W.
She said, “It became really like a lifeline in a way for me, because I would often come to conclusions about things - things I didn't even realize until I had written them”.
She is survived by her father, Dave Parlette, and brother, Matthew Parlette and fiancé, Lucas Beeler.
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