Topic: My Friend Martha Leyva Has Passed
I would like to honor my sweet friend Martha, aged 57, who passed away late on Oct 31st of ICC. She was level-headed, hard working, thoughtful and sensitive to others worrying about her. After 17 months, her liver was giving out and she developed ascites 6 weeks ago and pneumonia a week ago. She worked at the same hospital where she got her treatments and she had a support network there at Cedars Sinai in LA. She often reached out to my sister and I when she heard my sister had the same exact diagnosis last year. She did not seek online support such as this site (though I did tell her how much it helps but I think she was afraid of the sad parts) and she had a great support system from her large family and partner. I got to know her because her lovely sister Ana is my friend here and Ana was my Dad's elder-companion until he passed in April. We became close friends from the time I met Ana and she was an angel with my father. So Ana is grieving the loss of her sister and I am scared for my own sister, though she is doing ok. Martha blessed so many and selflessly reached out to us at least once a month over the past year to see how WE were doing! She fulfilled her dream of getting married this summer to the love of her life and was radiantly happy though she shared that knew she did not have lots of time left on this earth. I am confident she is at peace and feeling all the love that surrounds her.