Kyrzayda Rodriguez, a popular Instagram blogger from the Dominican Republic, died after a 10-month battle with stomach cancer.
The 40-year-old blogger was diagnosed with stage four cancer in November last year and she never shied from openly talking about her treatment with her followers. She regularly shared posts about her chemotherapy treatments and losing her hair.
Rodriguez kept her followers engaged with her meticulous fashion sense even to her last breath. She often wrote about how life with cancer had taught her to appreciate the little things in life.
And in August, on one of her posts on Instagram, she openly wrote to her fans that she would be discontinuing her chemotherapy treatment, stating that the treatment was not helping her as she had desired.
“The chemo and radiation will be discontinued because it is not working the way I hoped it would, I have decided to stop these treatments so that I can enjoy the rest of my time with my friends and family and to be as pain-free as possible.” Rodriguez’s post read.
The mother of one, who had nearly half-a-million followers on Instagram, in her last post, encouraged her followers telling them that the most important thing in life is love:
“I have a brand new car parked outside that can’t do anything for me, I have all kinds of designers clothes, shoes and bags that can’t do anything for me, I have money in my account that can’t do anything for me, I have a big well-furnished house that can’t do anything for me.
Look, I’m lying here in a twin size hospital bed; I can take a plane any day of the week if I like but that can’t do anything for me … So do not let anyone make u feel bad for the things you don’t have – but the things u have, be happy with those; if you have a roof over your head who cares what kind of furniture is in it… the most important thing in life is LOVE.
Lastly, make sure you enjoy the ones you love”. She wrote
Sadly, on September 9, in a heartfelt Instagram post, her loved ones announced she had passed on, less than a year after her diagnosis.
Kyrzayda Rodriguez will not only be remembered for being a great fashion image, but for her positive wellness and lifestyle influence.
The last words of the late, much-lauded and much-quoted Steve Jobs have been revealed almost a month after the Apple co-founder died at the age of 56.
Jobs, who once memorably described death as “very likely the single best invention of life”, departed this world with a lingering look at his family and the simple, if mysterious, observation: “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”
Details of his final moments came from his sister Mona Simpson, who has allowed the New York Times to publish the eulogy she delivered at his memorial service on 16 October. In it, she explains how she rushed to Jobs’s bedside after he asked her to come to see him as soon as possible.
“His tone was affectionate, dear, loving, but like someone whose luggage was already strapped onto the vehicle, who was already on the beginning of his journey, even as he was sorry, truly deeply sorry, to be leaving us,” she writes.
When she arrived, she found Jobs surrounded by his family – “he looked into his children’s eyes as if he couldn’t unlock his gaze,” – and managing to hang on to consciousness she said.
However, he began to deteriorate. “His breathing changed. It became severe, deliberate, purposeful. I could feel him counting his steps again, pushing farther than before. This is what I learned: he was working at this, too. Death didn’t happen to Steve, he achieved it.”
After making it through one final night, wrote Simpson, her brother began to slip away. “His breath indicated an arduous journey, some steep path, altitude. He seemed to be climbing.
“But with that will, that works ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve’s capacity for wonderment, the artist’s belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later.
“Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times.
“Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.
“Steve’s final words were: ‘Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.'”
Simpson, a novelist, and English professor, also used the eulogy to pay tribute to some of her late brother’s beliefs – and idiosyncrasies.
“Novelty was not Steve’s highest value,” she writes. “Beauty was. For an innovator, Steve was remarkably loyal. If he loved a shirt, he’d order 10 or 100 of them. In the Palo Alto house, there are probably enough black cotton turtlenecks for everyone in this church.”
Although the precise meaning of Jobs’s ultimate utterance is hard to pin down, it will further fuel interest in a man who continues to captivate the business and creative worlds even after death.
His biography, written by Walter Isaacson, is topping many book charts and is even tipped to become the bestselling book on Amazon this year.
The company’s latest offering, the iPhone 4S, is faring less well, however, with many users complaining of rapid battery drain on their new smartphones.
The best to motivate people to pour out their ideas and potential energies in their communities and turn them into something useful before it is too late.
The most beautiful of what he said in his book is: “Do not go to your grave and carry inside you the best that you have.
The TRUE meaning of this expression, is to die empty of all the goodness that is within you. Deliver it to the world, before you leave.
*If you have an idea, perform it.*
*If you have the knowledge, give it out.*
*If you have a goal, achieve it.*
*Love, share and distribute, do not keep it inside.*
Doing nothing is also allow If you have a life at 100%