Tributes paid to Golders Green mother whose cancer battle was followed by thousands

PUBLISHED: 15:24 24 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:24 24 June 2015

Rosie Sara Choueka died last Tuesday

Rosie Sara Choueka died last Tuesday


A mother of two young children whose blog about her fight against cancer was followed by thousands has died after penning what she knew was to be her last online post.

Rosie Choueka, 38, had chronicled her health battles after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 to raise awareness of the disease.

The city lawyer, who lived in Golders Green, underwent chemotherapy but the cancer spread to her liver. After getting an infection while on holiday – which she described as “the straw that broke the camel’s back” – her condition deteriorated.

She died last Tuesday at Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, surrounded by her family.

Announcing her death on her blog, husband Elliot wrote: “It is with great, unbearable sadness that I announce the passing away of Rosie Sara Choueka (nee Kalman) at 8.30am. She was a great woman, mother, daughter, wife but above all the best friend I ever had. Rosie, we will all miss you so much.”

Mrs Choueka was followed by thousands after taking to the internet to speak of her battle with cancer - or “Ghengis” as she termed it.

Her heart-felt posts would speak of her love of her children, detail her struggle with chemotherapy and give snippets on her thoughts of the day.

In “My Final Post” – her last blog post before she died – she wrote: “There have been many comparisons to my blog and other writings on the subject.

“I don’t want anyone to compare me to anyone else. This blog, ‘Fighting Genghis’, was never meant to be a competition for admirers or fame and fortune. I have no issues with the words ‘fight’ or ‘loss of survival’ or ‘die’ unlike other people I have known. It was just my story of what I have been going through over the past almost year. Please remember that. Everyone’s journey is different, everyone’s journey is unique. Please remember me and my family. Thank you for reading.”

People from around the world posted messages of support following her death and the family says it is looking to establishing a charity in her memory.

A Just Giving page raising money for the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead in her name has also been set up here.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 19:01

This year’s Remembrance Day will see a remarkable multi-faith ceremony bring together the Highgate community to remember the horrors of the First World War on the centenary of its conclusion.

Yesterday, 16:43

Christmas came early for activists in West Hampstead last night after Camden Council refused to grant christmas tree sellers Pines and Needles a licence to trade from Fortune Green.

Yesterday, 15:00

“Zero-hours” critical care nurses at the Royal Free Trust are facing a pay cut that could set them back thousands of pounds a year, the Ham&High can reveal.

Yesterday, 14:30

Ten Lib Dem councillors have called for the Royal Mail to ask customers their thoughts about the planned closure of the Muswell Hill delivery office.

Yesterday, 13:43

Transport for London is set to attempt to take its case to the Court of Appeal against the High Court’s decision to halt the CS11 cycle superhighway in September.

Yesterday, 13:00

“With Universal Credit on one hand and Brexit causing uncertainty over immigration on the other, we’ll probably have queues out of the door.” That’s the warning from Sean Canning, director of the Camden Community Law Centre, as it celebrates its 45th birthday.

Yesterday, 12:00

Sky Mobile has been accused of “social cleansing in an advert” after the Chalcots Estate, which was evacuated due to flammable cladding last year, was airbrushed out of a new advert for the Apple IPhone Xs.


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now