Under the headline “Thank You for My Beautiful Life,” Alison Piepmeier led off her July 20 Charleston City Paper piece with a clear sense that the end was near. She had been battling brain cancer since 2009:
What does it mean when the rest of your life may be measured in weeks? My brain tumor is growing. I am in hospice care. I am surrounded, constantly, by family and friends.
Some three weeks after these words were published, Piepmeier passed away. Per a statement shared Friday on Facebook by her husband Brian McGee, Piepmeier succumbed that morning. She was 43:
“Alison lived a rich and fulfilling life,” McGee wrote. “We loved Alison, whether as wife, daughter, sister or mother. She was a passionate advocate for the disadvantaged and the disabled. By her example, Alison taught us all how to live well, and die well.”
“Alison lost almost all her ability to communicate by the first few days of August. I am grateful that Alison got to say goodbye on her own terms to family, friends and all those who cared about her struggle with cancer.”
Piepmeier was first and foremost a professor and director of Gender and Women’s Studies at the College of Charleston. But through her writings for the Charleston City Paper and aforementioned final “Feminism Y’all” column, she gained a larger audience. A funeral will be held Friday. RIP.
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