Saturday, January 22, 2011

Daria Maluta has Passed

Daria Maluta passed away last night at 04:34 on Jan 22, 2011 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital here in Edmonton AB. I was by her side and was able to kiss her goodbye several times during the night and then watched her slip away quietly in her sleep.

I’m a little too emotional to talk about anything else right now. Meeting right away with family at her mother's place and I’ll post more later.

Don

78 comments:

Audrey said...

Don, I am so, so sorry! My heart is broken. Daria was loved by many.

Joanie said...

My sincere condolences, Don, to you and your family. Daria was an amazing brave woman. I wish I had gotten to know her in person, but I was privileged to know her here. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Jackie said...

Don you don't know me, but Ive recently found this blog through another friend of mine, we both are on this cancer journey and I just wanted to say I'm sorry for your loss. xx

beyondbreastcancer said...

My deepest sympathies to you Don and Daria's family and friends. May her soul rest in peace and may you be strengthened in your sadness at her passing. Marie

bmould said...

Don
I am so sorry that Daria is gone.She was truely an inspiration to everyone she met.I am so glad that I got to see her yesterday and sit with her.My heart so went out to her.She had quite a courageous battle and she will be dearly missed.Words can't express what we are all going through right now but just know that we are all here to help you get through this as well.Please stay in touch.
Karen/Bud

Holly said...

Dearest Don - my heart is heavy with grief. I have no words of consolation and I am sorry, so very, very sorry.

Daria was a special blogging friend to me...

My love and prayers are with you and your family at this time of deep and abiding sorrow.

-Holly

Bernie said...

Don I am so sorry to learn of Daria's passing. You are in my heart and prayers.....:-) Hugs

Ashley O said...

I am so unbelievably sorry to hear this. My prayer go out to you, her family and friends. Please know that she helped a lot of people and will not be forgotten.

Glenn said...

This is crushing news. My condolences to you Don. You were in the presence of one of life's true treasures. Daria will always live on in my heart and spirit. She will be sadly missed!!!

OCWarrior1026 said...

Don, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant your the strength to make it through this extremely difficult time.

Arlene said...

Thank you, Don, for posting to let us know about Daria's passing. I can't even imagine how difficult it is for you at this time.

Our group is so thankful we were able to be at her bedside yesterday to join our hands and encompass her in our circle of love. We will miss here so very much.

Our prayers go out to you, Don.

We are here to provide whatever help we can. Please let us know.

Arlene for the BC group.

Genevieve Thul said...

Don, I have followed Daria for a long time and I am so sorry for your loss. She was an amazing comforter to so many cancer patients/survivors and I am very thankful for her help to me. I am a 2 1/2 year patient still not cured myself (different cancer) at age 31 with four small children. Cancer is an awful disease. I will keep fighting and will remember Daria forever. Thank you for all the support you must have given her for her to courageously continue posting until her last few days. YOu must be an amazing husband.

God's blessings to you as you navigate this time of loss.
Genevieve Thul

stonepost said...

My condolences, Don, Daria fought this hard battle so gracefully and with dignity. She was so very brave to share her journey with others. As we say our goodbyes, on the other side they are happy and are saying, "look, here she comes!"

tracie said...

R.I.P Daria another Pink Sister gone too soon xxxx may you be at peace now xxx

JJ said...

I am so very sorry Don. Thank you for updating up.

I'll be praying for your. Big Hugs.

julie said...

Don, I am so very sorry for your loss.

Sara Williams said...

The world will be a sadder place without you Daria. Don, my heartfelt sympathies x Sara x

Ann said...

My heart goes out to you. Daria was so generous in sharing her life and struggle with all of us. Although we never met, I felt like I lost a friend.

Nancy K. said...

Although my heart is breaking for all of those left behind who will miss you Daria, I am so grateful that the end came quickly. I would not have wanted you to lay bedridden and in pain for days or weeks or months. Better to lose you sooner and have you be at peace. You will NOT be forgotten Daria. You have touched so many lives with your courage and honesty. Surely, you have earned a very special place in Heaven...

Don, my prayers now turn to you in this time of grief. What an ordeal you have been through. I often think that to see someone that we love in pain is worse than being in pain ourselves. Daria couldn't possibly have stayed as strong and positive as she was without a very strong and loving partner beside her. I am deeply sorry for your loss and hope you are able to someday find peace in the many joyful memories you must have of the remarkable woman who was your wife.

May God bless you and comfort you and all the rest of Daria's family.

LBEHLKE said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! She was a wonderful person and I will miss reading her blog! She fought so hard for so long! She was a very brave woman!

God Bless you and your family!
Lee

Joanna said...

Don,

What a loss. Daria will be much missed. There are so many sad people in so many different countries today because of her passing.

Ronni Gordon said...

I'm so very sorry to hear it.

My thoughts are with you.

Tina said...

Don, My deepest sympathies to you and Daria's family. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. She was very dear to many of us bloggers. What a great impact she had in this world!
God bless,
Tina

Well-Rounded Mama said...

Don, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad Daria is out of pain. May she rest in peace. And may you also find some peace and some healing even as you struggle through the coming days.

Tina said...

I am so very, very sorry. She is in a better place, with no pain or suffering. She will remain alive in your heart and memories.

My prayers are with you and your family.

Marina da Silva said...

Don,
I so sorry for you lost! Marina Brasil.

Hopesrising said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you Don and your family. Daria touched so many in her fight through cancer and this blog helped so many. May she Rest in Peace.

Whidbey Woman said...

Don, My deepest sympathy to you, your family and friends. I am sorry to hear of another blogging buddy lost to Cancer.
All of Daria's followers, both official and unofficial, are going to miss her. Rest in peace, Daria.

Amanda said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. She will be missed.
Amanda

Nikole Hahn said...

I haven't followed Daria's blogs. I was over at another blog when I felt compelled to check this blog out.

I am sorry for your loss. I pray that you hold onto the comfort our Lord can offer and I pray that friends and family gather around you to help ease your pain in the coming years.

Denise said...

Oh my God, I am so sorry for your loss. Daria was such a beautiful soul. God Bless you.

Hearts, Hugs and Peace,
Denise Archuleta

Kirsty said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless.

Vilma said...

Don: I am very sorry for your loss. Daria was a very strong woman and many of us survivors loved her and read many of her frequent posts. My love to you and your family. Her spirit lives on in the love she has given to us.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of Daria's passing. She was a friend of an old friend of mine and even though I never knew her, it still hurts to hear of someone's courageous battle with cancer have an ending like this. I wish peace to her and her extended family and will be praying for all. God bless.

Deb said...

My deepest sympathies to you and all of Daria's family. She has left a great legacy to all those who have known her, especially all of us who have been followers of her diligent posts throughout these past months
She is now at peace - God Bless You All!

joanlil said...

I am so sorry to hear of Daria's passing. Daria used to read my blog and make comments which I always enjoyed. I wish you and her family solace in the knowledge she is at peace.

DawnV said...

Daria touched the lives of so many of us... may she rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers going up for all of you who are left behind in pain... God Bless...

DebMarie said...

I am in shock, please DO put her blog posts back up for we who loved her so much. RIP sweetie I had no clue as we had only just spoken last week! Love you.

Carol Pack Urban said...

Dear Don, I am so sorry. I prayed that God would take away her pain and he did but for the rest of us the pain of losing her has begun. She was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to all. I am glad to call her friend. I only hope that I can live my life with as much grace and dignity as she did.

BUSH BABE said...

Gosh Don - I came over from Debby's place (Life's Funny Like That) and find an entire story that had its ending before I arrived.

My heart goes to you today. I will now read back through Daria's story.
Hugs
BB

Pateeta said...

Oh, Don. I am stunned. I sit here crying, and I can't even imagine the deep pain and loss you feel. Daria meant so much to so many and will never be forgotten. I am so sorry.

Prayers for you and all who loved Daria.

love,
patty

Elayne said...

Dear Don,
I am so sad and sorry to hear of Daria's passing. Her and I have been blogger friends for a few years and i will miss hearing from her.
My husband and I are in this very same battle ( stage 4 met.breast cancer) and we will continue to lift you and your family in prayer.
Elayne

Chez said...

Don, I am so sorry for your loss. Daria fought the battle well and in doing so inspired many. May she rest in Eternal Peace.
'God shall wipe all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, nor crying, nether shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.'
-Revelation 21:4

Pharmgirll said...

I am deeply saddened by this news. My heart goes out to you and your family. May you find peace.

Michelle said...

Oh. You don't know me Don but I send you my love and support right now. Daria doesn't need it anymore. She is at peace. I never saw a woman fight so hard to live. I have been in awe of her determination for the past few years. I started reading Daria's blog when my mum was diagnosed and she passed away a year ago, this week. Daria fought a huge fight and cancer is just a bastard. Much love to you and your family. xxxxxx

l'optimiste said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know - my thoughts are with you and Daria's family. A very sad loss. I am glad I knew her here.
x

gillian said...

Rest in peace, dear Daria. Love to you, Don, and to her family. And Don, when you have a chance and are able, please post the comments so that there is closure on the blog and also post an update on the funeral arrangements.... not that we can all attend (I am in South Africa for example)but would like to know.
Also, please keep this blog on the internet as I, for one, would like to read her earlier postings. Thanks. Go well, Don.

Anonymous said...

I'm very sorry for your loss.

dc

That Janie Girl said...

Blessings to you all. May comfort and peace encompass you.

Anonymous said...

I am really sorry for your loss. Daria's blog was a light in the world for many of us with breast cancer. I hope that you, all the other members of her family, and her many friends take some small comfort in knowing that she helped so many people in her short time in the world.

ADB said...

My profound sympathy to you and all the family on your sad loss. I hope you can find strength in the knowledge that pain and suffering is now over for Daria, who fought the battle against cancer most courageously. RIP.

Jacki said...

Fly High Pink Angel!
You have been an inspiration to so many of us.
You will certainly be missed. God had such a special plan for you,and you used your gifts well.

Julie said...

My deepest condolences for you and your family.

Rjet33 said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. Will keep you and family in my prayers. She fought a good fight and now is your Guardian Angel watching over you. You have my deepest sympathy, as I have lost many friends and family to this dreaded disease and I have more who are still fighting the battle.

God Bless.

Susan

Kathy said...

Rest in peace, Daria and know that you made such a difference in this world with your willingness to share your life with all of us.

My condolences Don, to you and your family.

Peggy said...

I have been away from blogging for a day and I just read your post about your sweet Daria's passing.
I'm so sorry Don for your loss and I'm so sorry for her fellow bloggers, who continue to fight everyday against this horrible disease called cancer.
We've lost one of our champions.
Rest in Peace my friend.

madcobug said...

You and all the family and friends have my prayers. Helen

Jeannette said...

Please accept my condolences, my prayers go out to you and your family. Daria is at peace now after her long and courageous fight against cancer. Jeannette xx

Tyra said...

Many prayers for you, Don.

Debra Ward said...

Dear Don,

Please know that Daria will not be forgotten as her spirit and immense generosity will live on in this Blog and with her poignant words. I only had the pleasure of meeting her once and that was profound. Looking through her bucket list I hope that #29 - to die peacefully is crossed off. And please know that #9 - make a difference in someone’s life can be crossed off over and over again. Also #23 - to fly first class should be crossed off as I have no doubt Daria is flying first class now. Sincere condolences.

Anonymous said...

Oh Don...May Daria rest in peace and may you hold on to the memory of your dear sweet Daria, it takes someone very special to reach out in such trying times to help others around the world to find strength and the courage to keep up the fight and not give up. Her blog is inspirational to everyone who comes in contact with it. Our thoughts are with you. Chris and Kate Connolly

Dee said...

Don, I am so sorry. My condolences to you and your family. I thought I posted here, but it must've been on her facebook page. Thank you for letting us know. The blogosphere is full of praise for her and lots of people are praying for you and your family.

Isaura said...

I am so sorry to hear about Daria, I haven't been on here lately been months, it is a great shock to me, Daria was a great woman, brought me on board here when I first started blogging, she was a very special woman.
I wish I had logged in earlier than today

theBluesman said...

r.i.p.....

Paula said...

Don I am so sorry to learn of Daria's passing. You are in my heart and thoughts.
Paula xx

nancyspoint said...

Don and family, I just want to say how very sorry I am for your loss. I discovered Daria's blog last fall and her compassion and honesty are the two things which always stood out to me. I'll miss those things and more, but I'm glad I "knew" a bit about her for this short time.

Karin Diamond said...

My heart is with you. Daria was a picture of strength and helped so many people, like myself, going through their own cancer battles with all of her openness and honesty about her journey. May you find peace in the memories that you have with her.

nancyspoint said...

Don and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I "knew" Daria through her blog and I'm glad I had that privilege.

Dee said...

My deepest sympathies.

Charmine said...

Yay for Daria! Oh pretty lady, I sure hope you know how many people your story has touched. I am only halfway through your blog, and I am so touched by your writings. I usually read through all your comments as well as your posts. I can only hope to help in the same ways as you have helped with your blog. I am beyond broke financially, but I have a wealth of spirit and survival that I need to share with others. All I have ever wanted from the beginning was to make a difference in someone elses's life. Thank you for paving the way for me Daria!
Charmine
http://adventuresofabreastcancersurvivor.blogspot.com/

Caroline said...

I am so sad to have read this - I knew Daria through FB and I know she made a difference to so many!
My thoughts are with family and friends at this time.
Daria made a tremendous difference to so many and her legacy will live on for years to come!
C

Anonymous said...

dear Daria,

I first started reading your blog after your article was published in the Metro News last year.
I still can't believe that you're gone. its only been two days since i've read the last entry Don posted.
A week ago, on the 15th, you wanted good news, and now you're in heaving watching down on us.
I hope you're free of pain as you were always a fighter.

The world will miss you, Daria.
Rest In Peace

cyn said...

To Don and the rest of Daria's family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope it is some comfort to you all that she made such a difference in the lives of so many. I wish you strength and peace as you move forward from here.

Debby said...

I have no words that can add to what has already been said, nothing new to say. I am sorry, though, and my thoughts are with your family.

Jeannette said...

I am so very sorry. I did not know her but judging by the number of comments she was a very popular lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless

Bill said...

Don and family,

I am sorry to hear of Daria's passing. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. May Daria rest in peace and her memory lives on.

Karen said...

Daria helped me so much. I was devastated when I read the news.

Sarah said...

Oh oh oh I am so sorry I missed this..I so adored her. Sending hugs and love to each of you..may she rest in peace. I am heartbroken that I have been so busy for the last couple of months...that I was not here to see this.
Hugs and love to you all, Sarah