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Laurel Zien

May 6, 1947- December 24, 2020

Laurel with poppet

Our friend and NorCal CarciNET Community Board's Secretary Laurel passed from complications from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a disease that she was diagnosed with just two months prior to her passing.

Laurel has been part of NorCal CarciNET Community since 2013 and was much more than a valued board contributor she was the person who greeted all first-time visitors to our meetings and made them feel welcomed. During 2020 when the pandemic forced us to go from in-person to virtual meetings, Laurel was there greeting all who attended, reassuring those that were newly diagnosed that we would offer them education, hope, and community in their journey.

Her passion to educate and comfort others on their cancer journey ran deep and in 2017 she published a book to help others who found the cancer journey overwhelming, "You Have Cancer: Moving from Fear to Hope" was often provided at no charge during our annual NorCal CarciNET Community events. 

Laurel has done so much for so many in our NET Community, we will continue to work from the bedrock that you provided us, to welcome and comfort all and to be the voice that helps the newly diagnosed move from fear to hope. Thank you for all you have done for us.

In addition to being active in the NorCal CarciNET Community, laurel was active with her temple and with her singing group.

To donate to NorCal CarciNET in celebration of Laurel's life, click here.

 

Laurel's life in pictures 

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You called me your little brother and gave me the strength and encouragement to lead this group. You ensured all were welcome and that all could get past their fear and became active participants in their own care.

You laid the bedrock for this...

You called me your little brother and gave me the strength and encouragement to lead this group. You ensured all were welcome and that all could get past their fear and became active participants in their own care.

You laid the bedrock for this community to grow on and we will continue to thrive with all the gifts you have left us. We will love and miss you always

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Josh Mailman
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Laurel was one of the first person to welcome me to the group with a heartfull and compassion email. She was always there giving her suggestions or advice. I had the pleasure to talk to her and meet her thru our zoom meetings. I willa always...

Laurel was one of the first person to welcome me to the group with a heartfull and compassion email. She was always there giving her suggestions or advice. I had the pleasure to talk to her and meet her thru our zoom meetings. I willa always remember. her. May God be with her during her transition. Prayers are with you David and your family.
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Tina

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TINA R Monroy
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Laurel
We were blessed to have you in our lives. Our memories will live on of the amazing person who helped so many of us through the complicated carcinoid world . You encouraged us to keep on the path forward and challenge the answers given....

Laurel
We were blessed to have you in our lives. Our memories will live on of the amazing person who helped so many of us through the complicated carcinoid world . You encouraged us to keep on the path forward and challenge the answers given. Forever in our hearts.
With love
Liz & Jerry

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Elizabeth Magee
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God truly gained an Angel in taking our Laurel. My wife and I were welcomed into the NETS by Laurel & Josh, a couple of years ago. It was life changing! Dearest David, please be comforted knowing how many people will remember her in our...

God truly gained an Angel in taking our Laurel. My wife and I were welcomed into the NETS by Laurel & Josh, a couple of years ago. It was life changing! Dearest David, please be comforted knowing how many people will remember her in our prayers and our journey. I know she will want you take care of your puppy and yourself. We offer our deepest sympathy and hope you choose to be part of our NorCal group.

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Michael & Deborah Balash
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Dear David, Laurel's life and light will be profoundly missed. Laurel gave me support and comfort when I was struggling with the continued tumor growth and Covid-19 isolation. May her memory be a blessing to you and all that knew her. My...

Dear David, Laurel's life and light will be profoundly missed. Laurel gave me support and comfort when I was struggling with the continued tumor growth and Covid-19 isolation. May her memory be a blessing to you and all that knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn.

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Colleen Kraus
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Dear David and all those who came to know Laurel as an "Earth Angel", Even though I am retired from CSC, as the previous facilitator, I want you all to know that Laurel will never, ever be forgotten!
She had one of the most generous hearts which...

Dear David and all those who came to know Laurel as an "Earth Angel", Even though I am retired from CSC, as the previous facilitator, I want you all to know that Laurel will never, ever be forgotten!
She had one of the most generous hearts which she offered to everyone with whom she came into contact. Working tirelessly for others" behalf seemed to come naturally to her. Not only did she effortlessly share her time and knowledge of NETs, but her wisdom, and hopes for a cure for the disease.
David, My love and healing prayers go out to you as I know that Laurel was your Soul Mate.
Laurel's presence will be etched forever on the memory of my heart, Julie Kaldveer

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JULIE A KALDVEER
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My condolences to the family and everyone who got to know Laurel, especially for David. It hurt a lot to hear of your passing, but i know now that heaven has gained another angel. I am saddened to think that the next time I enter your home your...

My condolences to the family and everyone who got to know Laurel, especially for David. It hurt a lot to hear of your passing, but i know now that heaven has gained another angel. I am saddened to think that the next time I enter your home your smile and beautiful presence will not be there to welcome me alongside David. I will miss that very much. I will always remember you with that beautiful smile of yours, joyful, and whistling to your Lulu and Lali. A hug to David, and please take care.

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Claudia Zamora
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I am honored to have been able to get to know Laurel and David earlier in the year through the yoga classes. It was always a pleasure to see her in class and she brought such positive energy and joy wherever she went. My heart is with you and...

I am honored to have been able to get to know Laurel and David earlier in the year through the yoga classes. It was always a pleasure to see her in class and she brought such positive energy and joy wherever she went. My heart is with you and your family during this difficult time.

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Cheryl Brown
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Laurel is an angel and a bodhisattva. She worked tirelessly and gladly for the benefit of others. Her happy grin and energetic spirit matched her boundless love for life and dedication to creating a better world. I will miss her terribly, and...

Laurel is an angel and a bodhisattva. She worked tirelessly and gladly for the benefit of others. Her happy grin and energetic spirit matched her boundless love for life and dedication to creating a better world. I will miss her terribly, and I’m inspired to carry her hope and caring to others. Thanks for everything, Laurel.

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Jessica Mercure
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My sympathy to the family. I met Laurel through the NorCal CarciNet Community support group. She welcomed me into the group and made me feel comfortable.

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