To the sister I never knew I had,
You are a mother; I am a mother. You are a friend; I am a friend. You are a daughter; I am a daughter. We are all of these things as separate entities but there is one thing we couldn’t be unless we had each other, and that is Sisters.
“Bond is stronger than blood. The family grows stronger by bond.”
I will never forget the day I texted you from the Hematology/Oncology floor of the pediatric hospital on that cold December night. As I sat on the couch next to my sleeping daughter, I sent you an update on everything that had been going on with Caroline during our stay. I anticipated you would reply with words of encouragement, empathy, and questions. What I didn’t anticipate were the words:
“I read up on it and a treatment for ITP is cord blood. It has to be donor cord blood. I have two in the bank if she is a match! Caroline and your family are a part of my family now. Family helps family. I hope you find your answers quickly and the treatment is painless for her.”