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Alicia R. Parlette (born January 1982) is a journalist and copy editor who was diagnosed with alveolar soft part sarcoma in 2005, while employed by the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. After her diagnosis with this rare form of cancer, she began a diary of her treatment titled "Alicia's Story,"[1] the first installment of which was carried on the front page of the Chronicle on June 5, 2005.

On March 9, 2007, the San Francisco Chronicle published the final installment of "Alicia's Story" under the title "Cancer. Despair. Faith. And now, a blog."[2] In this installment, Alicia explained that she no longer would remain a "full-fledged employee of Hearst Newspapers"[2] and instead would be continuing to share her story as a public blog on the Chronicle's website.

On August 17, 2007, Alicia posted her last entry on the website.

On November 13, 2008 Alicia attended a book reading by Kelly Corrigan and was reported by another cancer survivor as doing well, "she looks healthy and vibrant".[3] Aside from writers block and feeling "Blocked" about writing about her cancer, Alicia has most likely found it better to deal with this disease in private. Her former employer, The San Francisco Chronicle, as of September 2009 has not posted any follow ups regarding her condition. This story spanning several years drew thousands of people close to her situation and the sudden and extended lack of any updates has generated thousands of online searches and posts on her blog and related blogs asking if anyone knows anything new. Information after August 17, 2007 has been exteremly sparse.

In September 2009, the Nevada Sagebrush, the weekly student newspaper of the University of Nevada-Reno, published an article about Alicia, an alumna.[4]


  1. ^ Parlette, Alicia. "Alicia's Story", San Francisco Chronicle, June 5, 2005. Accessed April 8, 2008
  2. ^ a b Parlette, Alicia. "Alicia's Story: Cancer. Despair. Faith. And now, a blog.", San Francisco Chronicle, March 9, 2007. Accessed April 8, 2008
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