Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 7:32:22 PM
On a Saturday morning I woke up with a strange feeling in my chest, a feeling that frightened me to the bone, I could not figure out what it was. I went downstairs I saw my mom on phone with my father and my sister on couch. "what`s going on?' I asked my sister showed me her arm there was purple dots not rash but look liked spot running down her forearm, he didn’t hurt nor itch her but for precautionary reasons my parents wanted to take her to hospital to be open safe side. My sister of 15 years was born with Down syndrome although there are so many complications that would impede her from having a normal life she exceeded all odds until that day. The doctor ran blood test to see if perhaps she had an allergic reaction, but something worse showed up. The doctor confirmed that reason my sister broke out with theses spots is because her blood counts were low, the only thing that can cause low counts is... cancer. we were transferred to children`s hematologist/oncologist floor where experts told us that my sister had leukemia.
That same summer one night I watched the movie my sister`s keeper. This movie made me cry so much not only because I knew the true emotions that were felt through Kate being diagnosed with leukemia, but also the strength the family had to deal with it. I was an emotional wreck, I couldn`t keep myself together seeing my sister Stephanie so weak and pale. She looked like a total stranger, not the blushing little sister I have always known and loved. I fell asleep crying every single night. My sister`s keeper showed me that yes things are bad, really bad and as much as you want to believe at times they are going to get better sometimes they don`t. having your sister with cancer is very painful, an immense pain that never dissipates. However you need to be grateful with the fact that she is still here; still alive with you. You have to concentrate on making the moment count not worry so much about what the future is going to bring. The future and life is always going to be filled with uncertainties, but what is a guarantee is the fact that you have a sister right now to share moments with. My Sister`s Keeper brought me strength. Cancer cannot cripple love, it cannot corrode faith, it cannot eat away peace, it cannot destroy confidence, it cannot kill friendship, it cannot shut out memories, it cannot silence courage, it cannot reduce eternal life. It cannot destroy families but bring them together. My sister, my family, my love is my motivation to change this world one step at a time.