Rest in Peace Maggie

Malgorzata (Margaret) Wojtarowicz, known to friends as “Maggie”, passed away on 15 September 2017, at the age of 44 years, in the Palliative Care Unit of the Vancouver General Hospital, surrounded by the love of her family and friends near and far.

Self described as a Poetess, Writer, Traveler, Food Lover and [Civil/Environmental] Engineer; Maggie fully lived all her days!  Despite the physical challenges of living with dystonia, she loved to dance, ride bikes, ski and converse for hours on topics curiously plain and deep alike.  She defied cancer not once, but twice before her body succumbed to it the third time.  She was a beautiful soul that inspired so many to live every moment with purpose and joy.  She will be deeply missed but forever remembered.

In true Maggie’s Way fashion, her funeral arrangements may be a bit unusual but just the way she wanted them!  A personally planned Celebration of Life / Transition Party already took place on 5 September at the Vancouver General Hospital with Maggie in attendance surrounded by so much love, joy and of course tears, but bravely none of them her own.  In her final days, she was flooded with emails, texts, posts, calls and visits from friends, loved ones, acquaintances, co-workers, fans and family from far and wide letting her know just how much she and her life have meant to everyone.  What a wonderful send off!  Maggie has asked to be cremated, and for her ashes to be privately spread in Vancouver, the city she loved, and Toronto, where the majority of her family resides.

At Maggie’s request, the family would like to honour her with a memorial bench in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.) where Maggie often visited and always felt a spiritual connection.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for her dedication bench at the following website:  https://donate.vancouver.ca/maggie

Maggie’s Resting Place, Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park 2017

 

Condolences may be left on Maggie’s website: http://maggiesway.ca/category/writing/thorny-roses

Below is one of Maggie’s last poems, never before published, in which you may find comfort and for all to enjoy.

 

Celebration of Life – The Final Bow

June 2017

 

Maggie enjoying life in Stanley Park, May 2017

Some cry, some weep,

Yet others sob,

Lamenting loss of life

 

And others jest,

Thus making light,

Knowing it all a joke

 

Our lives are but

A stage performance,

From which we all must part

 

‘Tis that we live

Not what we do

That drives us to live more

Update from Maggie’s Family

Update from Maggie’s Family

Thanks to the amazing love and support you all have shown Maggie in the last few days, she felt much better today and decided to postpone her medical (and natural) death!

We don’t know how much longer Maggie will be with us, but despite the pain she’s in, Maggie is trying to enjoy all the time she does have.

So, keep those positive thoughts, texts, emails and short visits coming!

We’re encouraging Maggie not to reply to everyone as that would be too taxing for anyone to take on, but know that all your efforts are making a difference!

We will send out another update upon Maggie’s passing. Till then, we’ll do what Maggie inspires everyone around her to do: enjoy every moment.

Dearest Loved Ones

Dearest Loved Ones,

The Writer, Preparing for Her Possible Farewells, Maggie’s Way

After decades of physical and emotional challenges, most recently from my breast cancer metastasis, which is beyond recovery at this point and causing me immense pain and suffering, I have decided to take back control of my body and my life, Maggie’s Way! Barring a miracle (a slim chance at this point, but always possible!), I have asked for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) for this Tuesday afternoon, the 5th of September, at the Palliative Care Unit of the Vancouver General Hospital, where I’m currently staying. I am not giving up; I am simply choosing “the easier way” this time, after a lifetime of always choosing “the harder path” of striving to live a full life, and then some, despite the challenges of dystonia.

I welcome any and all friends and family wishing to visit with me again in person (or in spirit!) at anytime now, including at my “transition party” we will be having on Tuesday in my room prior to the medical procedure. Please contact my Sister Dorothy by cell at 647-990-8830, or by email, with any questions or RSVPs. You can send any last thoughts to me directly by email, but no promises I’ll reply back from this side.

THANK YOU all for your love, friendship, support, care, wisdom, laughs, and even tears, as they each help me on my journey—and I know that I, too, had some impact on your journey—and for that I, too, am grateful.

Love,
Maggie / Malgosia / Margota
xo