The Biscayan journalist and photographer Olatz Vázquez died this Friday, at the age of 27, after a year ill with cancer whose evolution and the damage it caused her was recounting through photography and her social networks. They have informed the Cadena Ser close to the family of this. “I have lost track of time, if you have it in there. I have lost kilos, appearance, independence. I am sorry to tell you that I have lost the Olatz that I was. I entered trying to stabilize myself with nausea and vomiting, and I was left due to a failure The disease that accompanies me has done its thing when I was weakest, “he wrote on his Twitter account in mid-August.
COVID-19 influenced the delay in his diagnosis, as he explained in an interview with Elena Gómez in ‘Carne Cruda’. When he arrived, he was already pointing to a gastric cancer in a very advanced stage, with metastases in stage 4. “The feeling that I was abandoned has been much harder than the treatment and the disease,” she explained. In a Twitter thread, he also spoke of the “a lot of damage” that COVID-19 had done to the detection, monitoring and cure of various diseases. “More than two months later and two cycles of chemotherapy behind me, I still do not understand how the young factor is decisive to rule out if you have a serious disease. I know that part of my ‘bad luck’ comes from having to have lived this serious disease in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 is there, but so is cancer, and an early diagnosis is the best cure for this disease, “he said in several tweets.
The journalist and photographer documented how the disease progressed with photographs and through social networks, where hundreds of thousands of people followed her. “I never thought I would say this, but I have cancer. Stomach cancer. It is still difficult for me to write it, more to read it, but I know that it is part of the process: acceptance and normalization of living with a serious illness. I wanted to share this moment with you because my greatest inspiration for photographing is my life, and my life is now this. I do not want to stop doing what I like, or hide around here this reality that I have had to live and from which I am sure I will learn a lot, “he wrote in the accompanying text in the first photograph that he published after knowing the diagnosis. Now, in a section of its website titled ‘Minbizia’ (‘cancer’, in Basque), images of him are collected, marked by the effects of chemotherapy, and are accompanied by other pills.
“I just want to remind you of one thing that I know is on your mind and that I hadn’t told you, but I think it’s time. Olatz, nothing that happened to you is your fault. Nothing. Don’t think about it ‘what if I would have ‘, because it is useless, “was said in a tweet published in November 2020. Messages of condolences with her are already happening on social networks.