I love my sister Kirsten, we are nearly nine years apart, but as close as two sisters could be, and for the past few years I have been helping her instead of the other way around. When I was nine Kirsten was diagnosed with MS, when she is having a flare up of the condition she often can not walk even for short distances, and she deals with extreme fatigue and pain, but Kirsten has never been one to let much get her down, her faith sees her through the toughest moments.
Kirsten is almost twenty seven now, she has graduated from college and is speaking to others when she has a chance. She talks to youth groups about how God's grace can get you through anything, how a diagnosis like hers does not have to mean the end of her life and it certainly does not mean she is going to allow it to shake her faith. Like I said I have pletny of reason to feel pride in my older sister.
We should all have someone like Kirsten to look up to.
Now don't get me wrong, she is not perfect and she has her moments, she would be the first to admit that. Kirsten is always telling me not to make her out a hero because she does not see herself as that, she is just a person who has decided to not let her condition define her, her words not mine, but it aptly describes Kirsten.
Kirsten is truly a blessing to have as a sister, when I was a little girl she helped me fixed scraped knees and talked to Mom for me when I was to embarrased to tell her something, but from the time I was about twelve I was becoming her advocate. Three years after the diagnosis when the condition really started affected her I found myself doing what I could for her, and helping Mom to see that smothering her was not the answer. I was also assuring everyone this was no one's fault. No one wished MS on Kirsten, and she certainly did not deserve it, but she had a choice, and Kirsten made the right choice, she did not let it define her. Once Kirsten made her mind not to be defined by this condition she wasn't. She did not let it define her in anyway, instead she redefined it.
To Be Continued