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Julie Yip Williams, whose candid blog about having Stage IV colon cancer also described a life of struggles that began with being born blind in Vietnam and her ethnic Chinese family’s escape Canada Goose Jackets in a rickety fishing boat, died on Monday at her home in Brooklyn. She was 42.
Joshua Williams, her husband, said the cause was metastatic colon cancer.
canada goose coats Ms. Yip Williams’s richly detailed blog, which she started writing after receiving her diagnosis in 2013, was more than an account of her siege with cancer. It was also a https://www.canadagooseoutletstore.co.uk meditation on love and canada goose uk black friday family as well as canada goose coats a message of openness to her young daughters, Mia and Isabelle, about her illness.
Ms. Yip Williams wrestled with hope, which she cursed as an «illusory sentiment.»
buy canada goose jacket cheap «Cancer crushes hope, leaving a wasteland of grief, depression, despair and a sense of unending futility,» she wrote in 2014, adding: «Hope is a funny thing, though. It seems to have a life and will of its own that I cannot control through the sheer force of my Canada Goose online mind. It is irrepressible, its very existence inextricably tied to our very canadian goose jacket spirit, its flame, no matter how weak, not extinguishable.»
buy canada goose jacket Her blog, with additional material written by Ms. Yip Williams, is Canada Goose Online being turned into a memoir by Random House, which expects to publish it later this year or early next year.
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«What makes Julie’s story distinctive is that she approached cancer consciously,» Mark Warren, her editor, said in a telephone interview. «She did not deny it. She didn’t engage in happy talk. She thought this experience and this book might have something to teach people about facing hard canada goose uk outlet truths, and would be an exhortation canada goose to the living.»
Her story also attracted the attention of «CBS Sunday Morning,» which televised a profile of her this month. During the segment, which was taped in late January and early February, Ms. Yip Williams’s younger daughter, Isabelle, explained to the CBS correspondent Tracy Smith why she wasn’t too young to discuss her mother’s cancer openly.
«Because it’s actually happening in real life,» said Isabelle, canada goose uk shop who is 6, «and you don’t know how it feels like.»
canada goose store When she was 2 months old, her father, Diep The Phu, who later became Canada Goose Parka known as Peter, and her mother, the former Lam Que Anh, who is called Ann, took her to an herbalist in the coastal city of Da Nang with instructions from her grandmother: Canada Goose sale Kill her with one of his concoctions.
Canada Goose Parka But the herbalist refused buy canada goose jacket cheap the gold bars he was offered, and Julie came home to her angry grandmother.
«She would have found another way to kill me,» she wrote on her canada goose black friday sale blog in 2014, «but my great grandmother got wind of her daughter in law’s endeavor from her Da Nang home and commanded that I be left alone: how she was born is how she will be.»
canada goose She was 28 when she learned of her near death in infancy which she called «The Secret» after her grandmother’s death.
Canada Goose Jackets In Canada Goose Coats On Sale early 1979, 3 year canada goose clearance sale old Julie and about 50 members of her family boarded fishing boats from Vietnam for a monthlong journey to Hong Kong with little food or water. They were among the thousands of so called boat people who fled in the aftermath of the uk canada goose Vietnam War. Upper class families like Ms. Yip Williams’s had their assets confiscated by Vietnam’s Communist government.
«We were lucky because our boat did not sink as so many others cheap canada goose uk did,» she wrote. «We were lucky because we were not forced to engage in cannibalism, as some other refugees were.»
canada goose deals After several months in a refugee camp, Julie, her parents and her brother, Denton, flew to San Francisco in November 1979 and soon afterward to Los Angeles. There, at what canada goose factory sale is now the UCLA Stein Canada Goose Outlet Eye Institute, she underwent surgery that gave her vision uk canada goose outlet for the first time. But she remained legally blind; she needed thick eyeglasses and a buy canada goose jacket magnifying glass to read small cheap Canada Goose print and was not able to drive.
canadian goose jacket Her older sister, Lyna Yip, who arrived in the United States with two of her uncles ahead of her parents, sister and brother, also had surgery to remove cataracts but emerged with better vision. The family settled in Monterey Park, a suburb of Los canada goose uk outlet Angeles. Ms. Yip Williams’s father became a wholesale vegetable buyer and her mother a manicurist.
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She canada goose coats on sale joined the law firm Cleary Gottlieb in New York in 2002 and specialized there in corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.
Canada Goose Outlet Reflecting on her acceptances to Williams and Harvard Law and then being hired by Cleary, she said at a fund raising event sponsored by the law firm in 2014, «I never felt like I belonged in any of these fine institutions: a poor immigrant girl who wasn’t that smart but was willing to work hard, rubbing elbows with America’s elite.»
Canada Goose online Besides her husband, who is also a canada goose clearance lawyer, she is survived by her daughters, parents, brother and sister.
In a blog entry written last July, she addressed her daughters, telling them about the instructions she had left (from «who your dentist is» to «when your school tuition needs to be paid») and the videos she would make («about all the ins and outs of the apartment») canada goose store.