Friday, April 23, 2010

Copy editor who wrote about cancer battle dies

A copy editor for the Chronicle who wrote about her battle with incurable cancer has succumbed to the disease.

The Chronicle reports that Alicia Parlette died just before noon Thursday at the UCSF Medical Center.

After being diagnosed in 2005 with a rare form of cancer in her hip and breast, Parlette covered her fight against the disease in her 17-part series, "Alicia's Story."

The series drew tens of thousands of followers, who read about Parlette's trips to the doctor's office and other personal details.

With her condition deteriorating, in mid-April Parlette and her medical team decided to end treatment. Days later, she and Lucas Beeler, the boyfriend she had met on BART in October, had a private commitment ceremony.

Parlette recorded her thoughts on a digital recorder, and friends are planning to transcribe them.

In her last days, she listened to friends read aloud from her favorite book, "To Kill a Mockingbird." She died 20 minutes after her high school English teacher finished the last chapter. (Photo credit: Penni Gladstone, Chronicle)

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