I have two sisters, Shannon (pictured with sunglasses on her head) and Toria. I also have 3 brother, but I don’t want to talk about them right now. Both of my sisters are younger than me by several years. Shannon just turned 30 in May, Toria is 34 and I am 42.
We didn’t grow up together. I lived with my mother and didn’t have a relationship with my father, at that time. I didn’t even meet Shannon until she was 5 years old. Toria is our stepsister. Our father married her mother. My stepmother passed away 6 years ago, but that has not changed our relationship with Toria or my brothers. We are brothers and sisters. We are family. Period.
Shannon was still young when our father married Toria’s mother. So those two got to grow up together. They are super close! Toria’s daughter is named after Shannon. Told ya, they are close. Several years ago I decided I wanted to be a part of their clique. They were reluctant at first, so I had to do it gradually and over time. I didn’t want either one of them to think I cared more for one over the other. I just knew I needed them. As you can see by the picture, I succeeded. They let me in. Right in the middle. Now I am surrounded by love from them equally. This picture was taken in April of this year. It was from one of our “sister weekend”. Shannon lives a few hours away, so Toria and I like to visit her periodically for an entire weekend. We always have way too much fun!!
A month after our “sister weekend” Toria was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer…
I have gone to every doctors appointment she has. I have asked questions, researched and prayed everyday for her healing. Something came out in me that I never knew I had. The best I can explain it is, TRUE LOVE. I have began to redesign my entire life. That is why a few of my blog post seem different. My entire life is to help MY sister fight. Fight to win. Shannon has done the same. She calls and text everyday. She also comes to town much more often to give Toria whatever care and support she needs.
You see, we have true SISTER LOVE. It matters not how we became sisters. The fact is WE ARE SISTERS!