I’ll See You Again, Dear Sister

My Beautiful Sister

My Beautiful Sister

My “little” sister, Karlette, ended her journey on this earth yesterday morning.  She fought long and hard for eight years through five cancer diagnoses and very little time in remission.  Her fight is over and she is resting peacefully.  She told us she was ready to go and she went–with dignity and peace and without pain. She was alert till the end. As one of my aunts pointed out, she gave us a precious gift that we will cherish–that is, the time to travel to and spend time with her during her last four days and say good-bye.   We are grateful for the time we had with her.

She was a beautiful woman inside and out. She created beauty and light wherever she went and touched each life she encountered.  She “did good” during her sojourn here.  Even while she was going through treatment, she planned “pink parties” for other cancer patients and survivors.  She left us all with a model of how to live and how to be while in this world.  My heart aches immeasurably over losing her, but I am content that she is no longer in pain and I am looking forward to seeing her again in that “great gettin’ up morning.”

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  (I Corinthians 15:51-54 KJV)

"What Cancer Cannot Do," Poem by an "indomitable spirit.  Photo by Me

“What Cancer Cannot Do,” poem by an “indomitable spirit”

Until then, let’s work together to find a cure!

"The Cure" by Mona (sunshinesuperman on swap-bot)

“The Cure” by Mona, sunshinesuperman on swap-bot

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  1. Chandra,

    My heart just breaks for you, my dear. I’m so very sorry for your loss, Karlette was truly and absolutely beautiful in every respect. My gosh, what strength she had. Would that we all had an ‘nth of it ourselves.

    Words fail me to help you, friend, but do know I’m thinking of you and praying you will find peace through your healing journey.

    Sending you virtual hugs, as many as you need, and for as long as you need them.

    xoxo,
    Patty

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    • Cakers, we’ve already “spoken,” but I really appreciate you and all of your virtual hugs. Thanks for supporting me during this difficult period.

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  2. Aleta

     /  March 17, 2013

    Thanks for sharing this touching tribute to your sister. I am deeply moved by your admiration for her. Karlette was a extraordinary woman to have battled cancer so courageously for so long while at the same time still ministering to others who shared her pain. Even though she may have felt that her time was short, she used it to encourage and bring hope to others. Isn’t that exactly what Jesus did? He knew his time here on Earth was short, yet he fulfilled his mission to bring hope for eternal life to the whole world! Isn’t it ironic and amazing that the hope that Jesus’ ministry brought us is the same hope that we now embrace as we wait on God to come back and fulfill his promise of eternal life to your sister? That truly will be a “great gettin’
    up mornin'”!

    Be inspired by the legacy your sister left, encouraged by the expressions of love people share about her, and strengthened by the mighty power of Jesus to one day soon prove that He conquered Karlette’s death, her disease, and her grave FOREVER!

    In love and prayer for you,
    Aleta

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  3. What a beautiful post and tribute to your sister. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  4. I’m so sorry. She sounds remarkable.

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  5. A wonderful tribute to your beautiful sister. She sounds like a wonderful woman who will be greatly missed. Hugs, love, and prayers are being sent to you. Keep her in your thoughts each day and she will be there with you.

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