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
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.