|Me and Tori|
Before long she was a toddler; so cute, such a joy. Then time sped up.
Today, Tori is 49, and dealing with ovarian cancer.
Through this process she is teaching me more about life.
From the beginning, June, 3, 2009, Tori has talked openly with us about her feelings, her experiences, her life. On August 23, 2010 she sent us the following note.
“so...if it's true that none of us know for sure....then the only choice we have is to live moment my moment...what you can do for me is to stay in the presence of that moment by moment view and to lift me with your love and strength...instead of predicting my death...be with me as I continue to live...if it looks like I'm passing sooner...it's still the same...moment by moment...
I would also encourage us not to put off ...not to wait to tell someone you love them...you never know when it's your time...their time...my time..
If you look at me like I'm dying...it's not helpful for me...it's an interesting time...some friends who fell away in my life have returned with even more love and other friends have disappeared because they can't handle what is happening to me...I guess fear is a powerful sword...a sword that can pierce the hearts of people we love...I hope all of us in our own lives with our own challenges will find the sword of strength and honor and love....not the weakness that shows and takes over simply because we are afraid....we have to be better than that....we must be better than that!” ***
In the way of my heart, she is my little sister. In the world, while a sister to all, she is anything but diminutive. She is strong, gentle, and powerfully alive.
I am more than prepared to continue walking this road with you my sister, wherever it may lead us; and I have much to learn.
From just one of your brothers who loves you,