Publicist extraordinaire Mida Giragosian of Lake Orion died Oct. 22, 2012 after living her entire adult life with chronic illnesses.
In 1986, as a newlywed, she was diagnosed with lupus. In 2001, after 11 years on dialysis, she received a kidney transplant from her brother. The transplant was successful, but a heart attack in 2006 led to bypass surgery, failure of the kidney and more dialysis. Despite many, many surgeries, Giragosian still managed a successful career as a publicist; she was managing partner at Lapides Publicity Giragosian in Royal Oak. She also wrote a book, You Will Overcome, to share her story and those of other successful entrepreneurs.
“You have to have a good attitude, that’s half the battle,” she wrote. “When I wake up, I just think, ‘It’s going to be a good day.’ Life is challenging, and you have to keep moving forward.”
On Monday she was remembered by Facebook friends as a kind woman who never complained about her troubles. One of her favorite quotations was “Always dress up as if you’re going to a party. If you look good you feel good.”
Giragosian graduated from Southfield-Lathrup High School in 1982 and went on to Oakland University. She was a member of the Women’s Economic Club, the Armenian Assembly of America and Women in Communications of Detroit. Non-profit organizations she supported include the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Lupus Alliance, Common Ground Sanctuary and Pages to Stages.
"Mida was a hard-working and courageous professional who made the business of public relations look easy, even though it is not," said friend and fellow publicist Marty Habalewsky. "She was a great fundraiser for causes that were close to her. Her co-workers, clients and friends in the media loved her. I am really saddened to hear about her passing."
Funeral services and visitation will be at St. Johns Armenian Church, 22001 Northwestern Highway, Southfield. Visitation is Thursday, Oct. 25, 4-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service. The funeral will be Friday, Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m.