Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Rest in Peace, Elsa Dias

Elsa Dias died early Sunday morning after a ten-year battle with SARCOMA. Despite the fact that she submitted herself to several experimental sarcoma drug treatments, calling herself a lab rat, and had at least nine surgeries to remove new tumors, I think Elsa would prefer to be remembered for other things: She loved her two daughters, Filipa and Maya, and her husband, whose name escapes me at the moment. She loved her garden, and making beautiful flowers grow. She loved red shoes and the music of Leonard Cohen--lots of other great artists, too, but she really flipped over Leonard Cohen. She encouraged and inspired many others afflicted with sarcoma. She was particularly kind to me after Maura died, understanding the cruel nature of the disease and sympathizing with my loss from a mother's perspective.
Sarcoma has killed one more bright, beautiful person.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Elsa's death hurt. She was the first sarcoma patient I met after I was diagnosed with mets as we were on the same clinical trial and both of us were seeking others to share experiences with. It was through her I met you and so many others. She inspired me. She was a 10 year survivor and that fact was so comforting and brought me so much hope. She battled back every time and I sincerely thought that one of these days, she would find THE clinical trial that would finally kill that tumor for good. She will be sincerely and wholeheartedly missed. She affected my life positively and I hope that where ever she is, she feels how much we loved and miss her.