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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Sis- A Story to Tell

Today is my sister's birthday. This month, I guess, we have a lot of celebrations in our family. Next week is my Nanay's (Mom) birthday. We will also celebrate our wedding anniversary this month, my hubby's birthday and my nephew too. Anyhow, I will highlight today's celebration.

My younger sister (Susan) is the fourth child of five. We were blessed with better husbands. Why did I say that? Because after I get married, she followed after a couple of months. But she got pregnant after 2 months while I enjoy my happy moments with my hubby. She gave birth for her first baby girl while I was waiting for another 2 months to give birth for our first born son. Our children grew together and became close to each other. They went to the same christian school and they both excel in their classes. My sister was a teacher in that school and my hubby was the POD (Prefect of Discipline) and a teacher as well. So both of our kids were free.

When the kids were already 7 years old, something strange happened. My sister's daughter, we call her Dawna Gaylle, was experiencing something inside and was always sick. My sister was anxious about it so she brought Dawna to the doctor for check up. Many tests were given to her as well as laboratories and the final diagnoses was that Dawna Gaylle had leukemia. That was an unexpected blast to my sister and to all of us as a family. We were crying in the middle of the church service and could not expect that diagnoses. We were all hopeless, didn't know what to do nor what to say. She was brought to Manila for another check up but it was the same. The last recourse is to let her undergo chemotherapy. She had undergone it for 2 years and she was healed.

She went back to school after taking PEPT, a test for children who failed to go to a normal school and she was upgraded to another level because she passed the test. She really wanted to have a normal life. She had good memories when she finished her elementary years. Her mother, who is my sister saw her growing and knowing the Lord. Last year when we went back to the Phil. she was diagnosed again to have her sickness recurred. My sister and the whole family was shocked again but that time was a different one. During her monthly period we brought her to the hospital for blood transfusion since April to October last year. During this time she became closer to the Lord and every time she feels the pain she was crying and told the Lord about her pain. But before we went back to Thailand she was miraculously healed. Someone visited her during the night and touched her. My sister thought she was just hallucinating because she just came out of the hospital. But she was insisting that she really talked to the person who was wearing white according to her. We were expecting that time that she will be taken by the Lord because her tummy was swelling with jaundice eyes. After that instance, we brought her to the hospital and everything was okay with her. Her Mama (my sister) was shouting in the laboratory when she saw the result.

After 7 months the sickness recurred again. We were asking a lot of times why? But the Lord has the answer. She was taken by the Lord last August 2009. Through her death, many came to know the Lord especially the young ones, her classmates, friends, teachers, schoolmates and other visitors. The Lord has always the answer to all our questions. It was painful but the Lord has the will.

Why I was sharing this today? Because when I send a message to my sister Susan (Dawna's mother) today and greeted her, she said, she missed Dawna Gaylle so much and her birthday today is the saddest one. Praying that you are blessed while reading this post.

To My Sister Happy Happy Birthday Be Blessed and a blessing!!!


Sometimes life is hurting, leaving us painful experiences but the Lord has the answer. His plan is perfect and He Makes no Mistakes!!!

3 comments:

Alicia December 3, 2009 at 9:08 AM  

This post really pulled at my heart strings. I can't even imagine the loss of one of my children. But, praise God, that she will see her again one day. I will be praying for your sister. Thank you for sharing this with us.

lina@happy family December 3, 2009 at 8:00 PM  

Sarah, thanks for dropping by...
Wow, that are lots of wonderful events in your family this month! Thanks for sharing your story, wish happiness to your whole family...

SonyaAnn December 28, 2009 at 5:26 AM  

I'm so sorry about your lose. You must be a very strong family. And I'm sure that your niece was very loved.

 

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