After seven years fighting a brain tumor, columnist Alison Piepmeier has no treatment options left and is in hospice care at age 43. She's still been writing columns, with the help of her mother, her husband, and voice recognition software, ABC News reports. And Piepmeier says she particularly wanted to write one final column—one that turned out being "especially hard to write," she says. "I wanted to say goodbye while I still could." Her last column in the Charleston City Paper, headlined "Thank you for my beautiful life," does just that.
"There are too many acts of kindness to report," she writes of her final days. "People send me meals, cookies, and delicious treats from Charleston and all over the country. I receive prayers and poems. ... Of course, I know what's up. All this amazing generosity is, sadly, another sign of my imminent death. How can I exist in this place, where I'm so grateful and so sad?" She ends by noting, "If there's a heaven, or whatever, I'll see you there." Click to read her full column.