Nalie Agustin, a Montrealer, died on Tuesday after a fight with breast cancer that began in 2013. “I don’t want to be remembered for the clothing I wear, the stuff I possess, the places I’ve gone,” writes the 33-year-old cancer campaigner, public speaker, social media star, and best-selling book in an Instagram post. I don’t want to be remembered for my ability to tie a headscarf or style short hair.
I don’t want to be known for the things I recommend, the treatments I’ve had, or even the healing methods I use. I don’t want to be remembered for having cancer in particular. I want to be remembered for how I made you feel when you were in my company.
I want to be remembered as the person that remembered your birthday and went above and beyond to make it memorable. I want to be remembered for making you laugh or cry tears of joy.” “I want to be remembered for always giving it my all, and for never losing faith in myself – or you – no matter how I felt or what was said to me.”
I want to be remembered for the way I loved, completely and without reservation. I’d like to be remembered for the positive influence I had on your life. I’m not looking for admiration; I’m looking for inspiration. I want to leave my legacy via you and your inspired lives. When Agustin launched “The Diary of Nalie” in September of 2021, CityNews chatted with her.