Tuesday, June 8, 2010

On A Personal Note

Normally, I don’t post a lot about my personal life. But today is different.  Today is my dear sister’s birthday.  My only sister, who we lost to Breast Cancer almost 4 years ago.

Carla would have been 51 today.  She left behind two vibrant, funny and amazing boys.

Not only is this message a tribute, remembrance and acknowledgement to a wonderful woman who’s Carla1kindness and selflessness touched everyone she met, but a reminder to all of us to treat our health as the most precious gift you have ever received.

I’m saddened when I hear people complain about turning another year older. I guess I just don’t understand that way of thinking.  I can’t imagine what my sister would have given to grow old.

Carla was 47 when she died and my father 57 when he died in 1991.  Longevity is quite an accomplishment in this family.  And even though admittedly I don’t wake up daily with a smile on my face, I am grateful for each day. Next time we approach our birthdays with anguish and resentment at aging, think for a moment of those who were never as lucky to grow older.  There’s a reason birthdays are called celebrations.

Good Health to you all!

Happy Birthday Carla. We miss you every day.


  1. Sisters are such priceless things. If I lost either of mine, I would be destroyed. My thoughts are with you today.

  2. I'm sorry for your loss. Your sister was beautiful. Great reminder to all of us to appreciate all we have.

  3. I am so sorry. So very sad to read a story such as your sisters. I worked for an Oncologist for 8 years when I was much younger. I certainly approach each and every birthday as another grateful year to be here. Carla was beautiful, and I am sure her children have inherited much of her, for that you must enjoy seeing them grow and carry on her legacy.

  4. I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for the reminder that our lives are precious and we must be thankful for what we have.

  5. I am so sorry about your loss. I am one who has never regreted getting older. We never know when we'll be called to our "eternal home".. and we should be thankful for each day the Lord gives to us.. Life is so very precious!


  6. You are so right and we so often forget!! My mother was much to young when she passed away and would have given anything to have a few more days. Thank you for the reminder.

  7. Thank you for your perspective. I have to admit I complained on my 30th birthday, but you are very right about treating each day as a blessing.
    I have also lost someone to breast cancer, my Grandmother. I am so sorry for your loss.

  8. good post! Very good message for inspiring positive thinking.

  9. What a lovely tribute Lisa to your sister. You are right ~ we should be celebrating each and every birthday instead of groaning about turning another year older. Thank you for the reminder.

  10. What a beautiful lady your sister was!! Thanks for the great reminder to us all!

  11. Hi Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss.

    I always complain about getting older, but hearing your take on it gives me another perspective.


  12. What a sad but beautiful post. I am so very sorry for the loss of your sister. Thank you for sharing something so obviously difficult. - Lisa from Brampton

  13. I'm so sorry for your loss. This is a great way to give tribute to her. Thanks for sharing.

  14. What an important post! Amen to everything you said.

    Your sister was so beautiful, you look very much alike.


  15. Very well put and an important message. Thank you for the reminder. :)



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