Today is my sister’s birthday, won’t mention which one, but let’s just say she is growing ever so close to the big five-oh!
Melanie is the baby sister, the one who got away with a lot more than Dee & I did!
I am the oldest daughter and she is the youngest, but our lives have taken similar paths…bet she’s copying me!
Today I want to celebrate her, to let everyone know that she is the sweetest, kindest, most loving person you will ever meet…see I told you she was copying me. No really, I love her so much and we are not only sisters but best friends. We text each other everyday and talk at least once or twice a week. It’s so much fun being her sister.
We have been there for each other for many changes in our lives, moves with the military, our kids going through the terrible twos and the teenage years, graduations, weddings, grand babies and now empty nesting.
In the middle of all of that moving, growing and raising of children, Melanie was diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember the day she called me, I had just pulled into the garage with Keith and it was Easter weekend over 7 years ago. I was in total disbelief, but the big sister in me knew I would have plenty of time to be sad later, at that moment I needed to be her comfort. So, plans were put into place and I flew up and took care of her after the initial surgery and held her hand through a second. She lives in the far away land of New Hampshire. She had a total of 11 surgeries over a period of 2 years and 12 rounds of chemo and 30 rounds of radiation. It was hard to watch her go through those years of surgeries and treatments, but she is a strong person and nothing was going to take her down. So, here we are today, 7 years later, celebrating her birthday, thanking God for seeing her through one of the toughest times in her life.
I wanted her to write about her journey, but she isn’t ready, said she isn’t able to put it on paper yet and that’s okay. I know that one day she will have a story only she can share. And that story, that journey, is going to help another mom, daughter, sister who is going through breast cancer get through it. No one can help you get through something unless they have walked the same journey, so one day God is going to take that time in her life and turn into a testimony. Not only will Melanie be blessed, but God will get all the glory.
She has spoken at different events about her cancer and treatment, participated in Relay for Life, has been called on to mentor several ladies through their initial treatments and volunteers at the wig bank every other week. She is my hero and I know God put her here for a purpose and she hasn’t even touched the surface of what He has planned for her.
Happy Birthday Melanie…looking forward to many more!
Love you tons!
Your Big Sister!