Three sisters

Debbie Irwin

Odessa, United States

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My sisters and I have always been close. Sometimes I am closer to one than the other, but always the love is there, and always will be there. I have so many wonderful memories, pieces of life shared, some proud, some embarassing, some sad, some joyful. Same as any other sisters, I guess…
When my mother was diagnosed with cancer, we all were there, finding strength and comfort with each other, and each of us trying so hard to pass that strength and comfort to my mother. It was too late for Mom to undergo treatment. She was too sick by the time they told her what was wrong, all she could do was hang on to the days she had left. It was a blessing, and a curse, that she didn’t suffer long.
We gathered around her bed and joked with her, and tried to ease the uncomfortable strain of everyone knowing, and no one willing to admit, that her time was so limited.
She hadn’t been able to communicate with us the last two days, and we all spent time separately with her, each of us spilling our hearts to her, and asking for forgiveness for small things that we hadn’t ever apologised for. We sat with her together and encouraged her to go, that we were ready to let go of her and that there were people waiting for her, loving arms open.
When she did leave, we all sat in the living room, waiting for the hospice people to come, and tried to find comforting words for each other, none of which we felt, but wanted each other to feel. A bond was forged through this time that will never, can never, be broken.
They are my friends, my enemies, my strength and my weakness. I guess they always have been and always will be…

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