DianaJ - 1241742

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laya d.
DianaJ - 1241742

Dear Friends:

With an extremely heavy heart I am sad to report that DianaJ passed away from complications related to her lung cancer on January 31, 2012. I had not heard from Diana in a while (the last time she'd logged onto GRACE was January 27, 2012) and had PM'd her a few times without receiving a response back. Prior to this, Diana had given me permission to contact her son if I failed to hear from her after a few days. Yesterday, her son informed me that Diana had passed peacefully while surrounded by her loved ones. He also told me that Diana considered GRACE a lifeline and many of its members and faculty as friends.

I miss Diana very much. She was an incredibly supportive and caring individual. Despite everything that she had going on with her own health, she often held my hand in cyber space (with concerned and supportive PMs and e-mails) - - especially when things were shaky with my Mom. Diana was wonderful.

I hate lung cancer.

Laya

certain spring
Reply To: DianaJ

Oh no. I am terribly sorry. A lovely lady, and really concerned for others as you say. Thanks Laya for being the messenger. At least it was peaceful.

Dr West
Reply To: DianaJ

I happened to have visited Diana when I was visiting the area (as luck would have it, she lived in the same neighborhood near LA as a very close friend from medical school), as she has been a great advocate for GRACE and someone who has enriched our forums and the community here. I'm heading back down there and thought that I haven't seen or heard from her in a while... which lead me to fear that this was for good reason.

I was happy to have known her; my heartfelt condolences to her family.

-Dr. West

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Dr. Howard (Jack) West
Associate Clinical Professor
Medical Oncology
City of Hope Cancer Center
Duarte, CA

Founder & President
Global Resource for Advancing
Cancer Education

laya d.
Reply To: DianaJ

Her son actually e-mailed me a very nice photo of Diana. I will see if he will give me permission to post it here. . .Stay tuned. . .

Laya

Dr Harman
Reply To: DianaJ

Thank you, Laya, for letting us know. What a loss. My sincere condolences to her son and her family.

-Dr. Harman

fortmyr
Reply To: DianaJ

That's really sad. Laya, please offer my deepest sympathies to her son,

Myriam

faithandhope79
Reply To: DianaJ

My condolences to her family.

laya d.
Reply To: DianaJ

I am having a bit of a difficult time uploading Diana's picture in a post here (her wonderful son gave me permission to do so). It's a jpg and when I click the images tab here and try to insert it, it looks like it's going to do it, and then a message pops up that its an unsupported format. Hmmmmm. . .Any help in this regard would be appreciated.

Laya

Dr West
Reply To: DianaJ

Laya,

Just send it to me, and we'll set out to get it online ASAP.

-Dr. West

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Dr. Howard (Jack) West
Associate Clinical Professor
Medical Oncology
City of Hope Cancer Center
Duarte, CA

Founder & President
Global Resource for Advancing
Cancer Education

laya d.
Reply To: DianaJ

Will do, Dr. West. . .

Laya

primarymark
Reply To: DianaJ

This closed thread has been continued here in this thread.

Dr West
Reply To: Condolences for DianaJ (cont.)

Here's a photo of DianaJ. Thanks to Laya.

I was glad to have had the opportunity to have met her on a recent trip to her area. She was a lovely person.

-Dr. West

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Dr. Howard (Jack) West
Associate Clinical Professor
Medical Oncology
City of Hope Cancer Center
Duarte, CA

Founder & President
Global Resource for Advancing
Cancer Education

laya d.
Reply To: Condolences for DianaJ (cont.)

Thank you for posting the picture, Dr. West.

Diana's son told me that this photo was taken in 1999 when they visited the Grand Canyon. Diana really enjoyed herself on the trip, and recently had told her son that she wanted to visit the Grand Canyon again.

She is missed. . .

Laya

blue skies
Reply To: Condolences for DianaJ (cont.)

Wow! What a beautiful photo! Thank you, Laya and Diana's family, for allowing us to share it here..

fortmyr
Reply To: Condolences for DianaJ (cont.)

Beautiful picture indeed. Thanks Laya+ Diana's son for sharing it with us,

Myriam

reginac
Reply To: Condolences for DianaJ (cont.)

I am so sorry to hear about Diana. Thank you for posting the picture.

Regina

cards7up
Reply To: Condolences for DianaJ (cont.)

Laya, I've been chasing this post around so that I could reply and I'm finally here. I was so saddened to read of Diana's passing. She will be truly missed. My sincere condolences to her family and thanking them for letting us share this beautiful picture to remember her by.
Take care, Judy