Remembering Rachel Tobias
Tobias, a 21-year-old Florida medical student who had CRPS,
died last fall. The following was read by Rachel's mother at the funeral service.
"Rachel will always be our favorite daughter! Born with
an easy-going disposition, she was, in her words, "sugar
and spice and everything nice," and always had an amazing
smile on her lips, ready to share with everyone and anyone
who was lucky enough to cross her path!Rachel had a zest for
life and lived it to its fullest-Her Way! She truly was her
own person and cared not what others thought-as she wore her
mismatched sandals, little or no makeup, ate her unique diet
of power bars and veggie burgers, and told the world about
the best dog and love-of-her-life, Snicker Doodle. She loved
to sing, and sang with exuberance, loudly, even though, as
all who have heard her sing know, she probably should have
toned it down a notch, as her voice was NOT her best quality.
It seems as though every facebook posting we have seen spoke
of Rachel's smile, singing, and Snicker Doodle!
"She was smart and was accepted to not one, but four
BA/MD programs in her quest to become a doctor and help others
by, as she said, "giving back;" "Paying it
Forward" was a concept in which Rachel truly believed.
Her desire to become a doctor only came about as a result
of her illness, CRPS, from which she suffered with intense
pain, 24/7, but was so brave and hid is so well, that few
could really appreciate what she was enduring. Rachel did
not want to burden others, including us, her parents, and
thus, hid her pain well, under her perpetual smile. She did
this because she did not want others to be troubled by her
pain; she got up every morning with a smile on her face and
a complaint was never uttered from her lips.
"We plan to order A LOT of CRPS bracelets and would consider
it a personal favor, should any of you choose to wear one
in her honor, please give us a little time to get them, and
then feel free to ask us for one. It is time to spread the
word about this terrible illness!
"I believe Rachel's favorite and most infamous quote
Time you enjoy wasting is Not wasted time
So please, everyone, help keep Rachel's spirit alive by living
large, taking big bites out of life, enjoying every possible
moment. Whenever you see a dazzling sunset or a flower of
amazing color, think of Rachel, busy with her glitter glue,
still trying to add some sparkle to our lives!
Continue to sing loudly (so she can hear you) and smile up
at her often, for she is now, finally, at peace.
Thank you all so much for being here for Rachel and us today,
and letting her know that she was truly loved by so many."--Barbara
The Tobias family is sponsoring RSDSA's young
investigator grant in honor of Rachel.