Julie Yip-Williams started blogging in 2013, after being diagnosed with cancer. At My Cancer Fighting Journey, she wrote not only about her battle with Stage IV colon cancer but also thoughts on family, relationships, love, and survival. She passed away last week, as mentioned in a post from her family and an obituary in the New York Times.

Her posthumous memoir, based on her blog, will be published by Random House later this year. The last post she wrote, “Complete,” details how her book deal came to be — and offers a sample of her intimate, beautiful writing and the power of personal blogging. Here’s an excerpt.

Cancer is completing my life, making it whole. It’s a strange thing to say, isn’t it? Most would say that cancer, the terminal kind, is truncating and destroying their lives. For a long time, especially in the beginning of this cancer…

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