Today is my little sister's birthday, and she's not so little anymore! Some of my very first memories are of her birth - hearing that my wish had come true and I had a baby sister waiting for me, riding in the taxi with my grandma, holding my new sister for the first time and watching her little scrunchy face react, and being SO disappointed when she came home from the hospital and was not an instant bundle of fun. After she arrived at the house, I wished my sister away SO MANY TIMES, but today I could not be more delighted that my wishes never came true. We've been best friends and constant companions for years and years, and kept each other company during the saddest days of our lives. My sister is probably my biggest fan and my most loyal supporter. She loves me always and forever, no matter what. When I'm having a rough day, she is the first person to declare that she'll beat up the ENTIRE WORLD just to make me feel better. She worries about me constantly, and checks up on me often. I could not ask for a better sister or a better, more steadfast best friend. Liz, I love you so much and I could not get up and do this every day without you there to support me every step of the way. Thank you for your love during the ridiculously trying process of RA treatment! The happiest day of my life remains the day you were born.
In honor of Mother's Day, I also wanted to say a few words (haha, like I ever only have A FEW) to my mom. Mom, there are only so many ways I can tell you how much I love your unconditional love and support, but know that my appreciation is boundless. Every year in my Mother's Day cards, I write how grateful I am to have you as my mom, and how much I love that you're in my corner and fighting for me no matter what. These are still true this year, but I wanted to add: I may not love this RA, and I definitely wish I did not have it, but my diagnosis has brought us so much closer and strengthened our relationship intensely, and I wouldn't give that up for anything. Your daily texts to check up on my condition get me out of bed on the roughest of mornings, and your unwavering dedication to finding me the best treatment possible have made me, in turn, more committed to my own recovery. You support me and love me even at my worst, and exalt in my victories with me at my best. How blessed my life is, that I get to have a mom like you thinking about my well-being every day! Thank you for the time, support, money and love you have put into my life and my recovery. Our relationship will never be the same, and I couldn't ask for anything more.
I would be nothing without my family. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for your limitless love.