Erin Wheeler Haas (Sept.14, 1971 – May 31, 2017)

When I went to give Erin her medicine a little after midnight this morning, I found her unresponsive. She had hardly eaten anything these past couple of weeks. July 4th would have marked 8 years since she had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma which she had shown no evidence of for the past many MRIs. But, it had left her paralyzed on the right side, and she has had increasing difficulty talking.
Now she is at peace. We will have a Celebration of Life at the Campus Commons Club House from 5 pm to 8 pm on Sat. June 17th. Erin in March 2017.
Paco with his Mom – Aug. 2015.

Erin and Tommy – Aug. 2015

Below is what Erin’s big sister, Colleen, wrote on Facebook tonight:
My sister died in the wee hours today. The glioblastoma (a brain tumor that she technically “survived” with two craniotomies, experimental chemo, and radiation) eventually took so much of her life over the past seven years—ultimately stealing her freedom, mobility, expression, hope, and happiness—that it’s hard not to feel a measure of relief. Then guilt for feeling relief. Then the sharp and sudden sadness for the loss of a vibrant, generous, immensely affectionate soul. Miss you, Little Girl.


Rest in peace, my baby girl.

17 thoughts on “Erin Wheeler Haas (Sept.14, 1971 – May 31, 2017)

  1. Cheryl Uhl (Allen) June 1, 2017 at 00:28 Reply

    So sorry for your loss! Praying for you and your family.

  2. bcwgolf June 1, 2017 at 01:08 Reply

    Thanks you, Cheryl. So nice to hear from you.

  3. ramona snyder June 1, 2017 at 07:18 Reply

    I have been following Erin’s journey since it began. Tommy and my son are close in age. I remember we were both pregnant at the same time and Paco and my daughter were at Centro Armonia Spanish Immersion school together. I’ll be praying for Steve,Tommy and Paco along with the rest of the family for peace.

  4. Nita and Ed June 1, 2017 at 07:38 Reply

    Prayers, sympathy and love to you and all the family.. May you all be comforted.
    Ed and Nita Michalik

  5. Gretchen June 1, 2017 at 11:02 Reply

    I am sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of me and Erin hanging out together in our younger years.
    Gretchen Buechel-Stecca

    • bcwgolf June 1, 2017 at 11:19 Reply

      Gretchen, I remember you. So nice to hear from you. Didn’t you work at Ettore’s?

  6. Lloyd and Nancy Coyne June 1, 2017 at 21:15 Reply

    Dear Barbara, Clark and Family,

    We were shocked to learn of Erin’s passing. We haven’t been receiving your emails lately and wouldn’t have heard the sad news except for Nita forwarding your last blog. We have been concerned and were planning to call you. Erin was fortunate to receive such wonderful care from you. Our prayers are with you at this time sad time. We will be at our grandson, Nicholas’s, graduation from Cal Poly and won’t be able to attend Erin’s Celebration of life ceremony. We will be with you in spirit.

    Love and prayers, Lloyd and Nancy Coyne

  7. lora June 2, 2017 at 06:53 Reply

    I just wanted to send my condolences to you and the rest of the family. I knew Erin a few years when our oldest kids were in early elementary school. Thank you for blogging and keeping us up on the celebrations and losses in her life. I will miss seeing her at Camp Sac.

  8. The Liz Army June 2, 2017 at 11:28 Reply

    Thank you for keeping us all apprised of Erin’s comings and goings over the last eight years. I posted this to my Facebook page yesterday and would like to share it with you here:

    Erin Wheeler was one of my first “brain cancer friends.” We met in 2009, not long after her first craniotomy. She lived with a glioblastoma for almost eight years. Her health had ups and downs, she was on hospice for a while–and graduated from hospice! I even wrote a blog post about her in 2012 the first time she was on hospice. She gave me hope. She still does. Rest in peace, Erin. In the life we live after our deaths, I am happy you will go back to being the you you were before glioblastoma.
    Blog post from 2012:

  9. The Liz Army June 2, 2017 at 11:29 Reply

    Also, thank you so much, Barbara, for providing excellent care, companionship and love to Erin. I am sorry for your loss, and I am sending love to you, and the whole family.

  10. bcwgolf June 2, 2017 at 12:09 Reply

    That was beautiful, Liz. I thought that I had posted it and the picture of the two of you on the blog last night. Will try again. Thank you for your companionship during the early days of Erin’s dealing with brain cancer.

  11. Juliet D Tiffany Morales June 2, 2017 at 21:36 Reply

    Paco and my son Alonzo were in the same preschool class at Centro Armonia and I was just getting to know Erin when she told me that she and her family were moving. I was so bummed because I could tell Erin and I would have become close friends. I loved her energy and we laughed a lot about the same things. I feel blessed to have known her – even if it was for a short time before she moved. Sending my sincerest condolences.

  12. Valerie June 4, 2017 at 20:36 Reply

    I am so sorry to hear the news. Erin will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
    I’m sending my love to you and your family during this time.
    Love, Valerie

  13. Peter Speakman June 6, 2017 at 22:27 Reply

    Very sad to read this news. I remember good times with Erin in h.s. – vibrant, with a crackling wit and broad smile. So sorry for your loss.

  14. Denise Pitsch June 16, 2017 at 09:30 Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of Erin’s passing. It was indeed a long battle. My sympathies to you and your family.

  15. Clara Chang June 16, 2017 at 16:12 Reply

    Thank you for sharing Colleen’s FB post. So aptly put. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  16. Scott Holloway July 11, 2017 at 17:45 Reply

    Barbara, I’m very sorry to hear of Erin’s passing. I had read this blog for a long time, having heard of it from Liz. Surviving glioblastoma for 8 years is unusual, although I know she had some bad deficits. I’m glad she had a peaceful passing. Thanks for all the work you put in keeping keeping this blog updated. My best to your family-

    Scott in Indiana (brain tumor survivor)-

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