There has just been an amazing outpouring of beautiful stories and comments shared on the Chronicle website and a flood of donations came pouring in this morning.
Thank you to every single person who has shared a note or story or made a donation. We are working to gather all the stories and posts we can and link to some of our favorites. Please keep an eye on this page for more stories and information soon.
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Alicia, I have thought of you many times and hoped that you were enjoying life and having new adventures. After reading today’s article, I am so happy to know that you have enriched your life in many ways since I last read your articles.
I am sending you much love and strong prayers for beautiful days filled with laughter, joy, and yummy treats. And many doggie kisses from Clarabelle, of course!
Holding you in my thoughts,
Dear Alicia, thank you so much for your inspirational courage, honesty and humor these last five years. You have no idea how much love you’ve inspired and wisdom you’ve kindled in places far and wide. Your contribution to journalism and to the folks living with cancer is unique, outstanding and will shine a light in dark places for years to come.
I was touched by your story a year before I learned (in August 2006) that my wife had breast cancer. She passed on after living 2-1/2 inspiring, amazing years, leaving me with three young children. You are admirable and wonderful, and I hope you find Leigh Donley and many other wonderful family and friends of mine. Your journey has blessed all of us; now, may you be forever blessed.
vaya con dios alicia *bighugs* 😥 i kinda teared up while talking to my wife this morning abt this. that plus knowing alicia has clarabelle!!!! a rescue doggie! my wife & i have 2 wonderful rescue dogs too. i’ll be praying for alicia, her friends & family, and all the people she’s touched these precious last few years. God bless & God speed :’)
I’ve thought of you often these past several years since I read your columns in the Chronicle. I admire your strength and grace, and the humanity you’ve shared with all of your readers. I wish you well, and my thoughts are with you and your family.
Alicia, you are one tough cookie! I have followed you from your first entry in the newspaper. You are a gifted writer, funny, have great insight into your own being and are just so darn brave. I want you to know, when I was going through my own cancer struggle last year, you were often on my mind. I do not know how many other people like me you have touched but please know, your stories are powerful and help a lot of us get through the journey that is cancer.
God bless you and only good strong thoughts for you and your family.
It was so brave of you to share your story. You are an amazing woman. God bless you.
Alicia, I followed your articles when they were published in the Chronicle. You inspired me then, and you inspire me still. Thank you for your candor and humor and sharing your amazing story. Sending you all my thoughts and wishes.
I am thinking of you, praying for you, and your stories have filled my heart, more than any other stories I’ve read for years…
you are well loved…
God bless you. Stay strong.
Thanks very much for the generous offer. I will be sure to pass it along to Alicia and Lucas and they can get in touch should they be interested at the number you provided.
Thanks so much for thinking of Alicia and your offer.
Thank you Liz for that offer.
Ms. Alicia I don’t know you but i read the artical in the paper this morning. I just can’t get over how of a special person you are. I am also older than you but the strenth and insparation and so much love that you are is just unremarkable. I feel lonley as he you are at 28 and was just begining your life and now it has been taken away from you. The only thing that i can to for you it to keep you in my rosary at nite and in my prayers. Sunday i will have a mass said for you at my church. It doesn’t matter what religon you are as we all pray together and God will hear us. The story has really touched me as i wish that i could do something for you. I will keep you close to my heart, thoughts, and prayers. Their are so many people that you have touched and i know that i am one of them. I saw your pic’s and you really know on how to party and you seened to be a very out going person and fun to be with. You much cherris all the beautiful times that you’ve had together with all you friends. Maybe your mom didn’t want to be by herself and needed you with her. Sometime life is funny and not fair. You will be in my prayers until the day that i died and i love you so much for jsut the person that you have become and that you are…….God will see you through this and remember that you fellow that white light and you grab it when you see it as that is the road to peace……..
God Bless You. I wish you peace and happiness forever.
It’s been about 18 years since I saw you last but I’ve heard your story from friends and family and I just want to say that you’re in my prayers every night. Your courage through this endeavor is beyond admirable and I’m so grateful your attitude is so upbeat. I can’t possibly forget the countless nights spent together as kids (Matthew, you and I) and how I will always cherish those times. Your mother was a great person and an unending well of optimism to all around her and it seems that quality is enhanced even more by her only daughter. I’m so happy to hear of how close you are with those aorund you and want to congratulate you on your engagement. I truly miss you, Matt, and Dave and want to send my warmest regards.
Dear Alicia, Love, love, love, love, love. Sending so much love your way, to you and your wonderful husband. Just picture yourself enfolded in a gigantic cloud of love.
Several years ago, I stayed with my friend until the end. I told him how loved he was and held his hand which he would not let go of even though he was in a coma. He heard me and I had a vision of three angels standing by his bed. I don’t think this will happen to me again. I have never been very religious either. But I know there is another place so please look for George Hosch, my best friend who took me and three dogs in after divorce.
He loves wine and will tell you so many funny stories about New York.
hugs and kisses,