In 2014, at the age of 50, Lucia was formally diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), after seeking answers to unexplained symptoms for the two years prior. Her long, brave fight ended on Sunday, February 7, 2021, when she passed quietly in her sleep surrounded by family and loved ones.
Lucia was a loving wife, mother, and friend. She was the life of the party, always smiling and laughing - and making others laugh. She had the biggest heart, and an uncanny ability to make you feel like you'd known her forever and that you were part of the family, immediately. Lucia was always positive, strong, and hopeful - and encouraged those around her to be the same. Her fight against MSA did not end with her, as her children and husband are aiming to raise as much awareness to help fund research and advocacy efforts for other families affected by Multiple System Atrophy. Please consider donating to the cause <3>
More about Multiple System Atrophy: MSA is a rare degenerative neurological disorder, with currently no cure and little treatment. It is similar to parkinsonism but with more widespread effects on the brain and body. It affects both men and women and usually starts in the 50's or early 60's. The cause of MSA is unclear and there are no known risk factors. At this time, there are no specific symptoms, blood tests, or imaging studies that definitely diagnose MSA and there is no cure. The prognosis for this disease is poor with most patients passing away from the disease or its complications within 7-10 years of symptom onset.