Olivia was born on August 26, 2002.

She had a competitive spirit, thirst for knowledge, and a fierce determination to help others.

She was a straight A student, member of the National Honor Society, a writer and a word smith who was presented with the Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Grade 11 English. In addition, she won the 2020 Will McDonough Writing Contest, and authored numerous articles on chronic illness and disability that were published on The Mighty website.

Olivia was an OCD advocate and educator. At 14, she became the leader of an on-line Teen OCD group that had over 400 members. She was a co-presenter of a children’s program at the 2018 International OCD Conference in Washington D.C. She volunteered with Not Alone Notes, a non-profit organization that mails free handwritten notes to others with OCD and related disorders. She also created and operated an organization called Battle Back Beads that encouraged those with mental illness to seek recovery by providing tangible reminders of their progress.

She had a heart for service. She made and distributed over 200 masks for free to people in our town during the start of COVID. She was a volunteer tutor for a teenage refugee from Afghanistan through the Welcoming Alliance for Refugee Ministry in Worcester. She volunteered with the Best Buddy program at her high school, and at the Great Christmas Giveaway at Faith Church in Auburn, every December for the past five years. When Olivia graduated from high school in 2022, she wanted to purse a degree in social work, and possibly work in the foster care system through DCF, or with patients in a hospital setting.

She adored all things Harry Potter, watching Gilmore Girls and The Office, reading, cool rainy days, her music, her friends, her pets, ice cream, Cadbury Mini Eggs, and pizza.

Olivia’s happy place was any bookstore, and the beach in Maine that she loved to walk and collect seashells.

Her pet peeves were movies that are not the same as the book, people who decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving, and losing.

Olivia did not lose often. She usually won every game she played. In our family, we would joke and say that Olivia was lucky in everything but her health, only that was an understatement.

By the age of 17, Olivia had been diagnosed with OCD and six chronic ¬-illnesses: Dysautonomia, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Small Fiber Polyneuropathy, Endometriosis, Adenomyosis and Gastroparesis.

Slowly, over time, these medical conditions worsened, and Olivia’s losses began:

The loss of the ability to wear the clothes she wanted to wear.

The loss of being able to function without assistive devices like her rollator and eventually, her wheelchair.

The loss of being able to go anywhere without worrying a fragrance could cause her to go into anaphylaxis, and,

The loss of being able to eat any foods without going into anaphylaxis.

In addition to these losses, Olivia struggled to manage her severe chronic pain. She endured weekly 5-to-6-hour IVIG infusions to lessen her nerve pain, as well as allergy shots every two weeks to try to keep from going into anaphylaxis so frequently (Olivia received 32 epi pens injections in the past 18 months).

Despite all of this, Olivia had an unshakable faith in Jesus. She said “This is the life the Creator of the World has seen fit to give me. It may not be pretty or perfect, and can be messy most of the time, but I refuse to apologize for what God has allowed in my life, or for the life He has given me.” Olivia knew that even if God chose not to heal her in her lifetime on earth, she would be healed one day in Heaven. That day arrived on September 10, 2021, when at 19 years of age, Olivia went home to be with Jesus.

Olivia, we miss you so much. You have run the race set before you, and finished well, sweet girl. We look forward to being reunited with you one day in Heaven and seeing you healed and free of all pain and suffering. We love you and are so very proud of you.

Please come celebrate Olivia’s life with us on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Chapel of the Cross, 160 Flanders Road, Westborough, MA. There is no need to wear black. It is casual. We will be serving refreshments after the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the following non-profit organizations:

Not Alone Notes – www.notalonenotes.org/donate
Welcoming Alliance for Refugee Ministry – www.warmwelcoming.org