Wednesday, March 21, 2012
In the last eight years, I met my half sister (same dad) and we developed a friendship based on commonalities. We were both in helping professions, never married and book readers. We had weekly phone contact, but she would not participate in any family gatherings. She did come to my home, once when I had surgery. She had minimal contact with my siblings or our dad. In the last three months, I have been assisting her with transportation since her car was out. I had noticed that her health had failed drastically and was concern about her ability to care for herself alone. She has other siblings but they are not able to assist her because of their disabilities. Her mother is deceased and she had no children. Last week she had a heart attack in her apartment and died. Her next of kin, is her maternal aunt, who I have never met. I am numb so far. I am preparing for the service. She was my sister, but I do not know those that she considered her family. I was family in a box. I have been trying to stay focused on my program. I can hear, say, don't let the devil through off your program as she cheered by weight loss and life plan. This is something she said, to be after I missed a Nutritional Lecture that I wanted to go to, but did not after I got a traffic ticket. This one for you Cheryl!!!