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MY AMAZING SISTER BY ELLA SCHMIDT

My name is Sam. My little brother Declan had cancer. He had tumours in his spine. He is always sick. He is at the hospital lots and my mom always has to stay with him. I wish she could stay at home but if I was at the hospital I would want her there so I guess my brother wants her there too. I hate when they stay at the hospital. I miss my mom and brother. It’s different when they are not home. My brother had surgery on his back two times to take the cancer out.

My mom says I am allowed to be mad and sad sometimes but that God picked us to be his family and me to be his big brother because he knew I would be perfect, and I could watch out for him and help him when he needs help, so I do.

My little sister is truly a miracle. Her name is Sadie. I am five years older than her. She was born as a preemie (which means she was born way too early). She was cute, loveable and small. I knew right from the start that she would be my sister no matter what happened. All you need is love! The doctors said that she would not speak, hear, walk or see. They were wrong.  She can see and speak and run, but she can’t hear. She has a hundred thousand dollars of equipment that helps her hear. Sadie almost died lots of times. She has a shunt in her brain to help her live. I wonder how that feels? In six years she has had more than 12 surgeries. We prayed and prayed.

Sadie is really fun. She loves to play store; it is her favourite game. She loves it, and when I say love, I mean LOVE! She loves to play with the money – she calls it moneys. If she finds it, you won’t get it back. Sadie likes popcorn – she calls it cupcorn. Sadie is my wake-up call on school days.  She will come in and say good morning and jump on me.

Nobody knows how much I love her. I love her and I won’t like it if she meets up with a bully. She goes to the same school as me now. I am proud of her. I will help her on the bus and at school. I am thankful for Sadie and that God has brought her through all of this so that we can play together. Sadie is very fun to play with and I love her.

The cancer would not go away so they radiated him on his spine. It made me sad cause it made my brother really sick. His cancer is finally gone. I am happy because my brother got to come home and live with us now.

My brother had friends who died of cancer. My mom and dad told me my brother was not going to die. I knew they were right. The nurses and doctors are really nice to my brother. He likes them. He pretends to be a doctor all the time and my little sister is always his nurse.

My brother sometimes wears a cast on his hand because he had to have his finger amputated because he had lots of infections in his bone and he broke his arm too.

My brother is trying to walk. He works very hard and has lots of equipment to help him. My mom says one day he will walk but he might just have to use a walker. I wish he could skate and play hockey with me. He crawls everywhere. He pretends to skate on his hands. That is how we play hockey in our house. We always have fun playing. Sometimes I get mad cause we do not do all the stuff my friends get to do with their brothers and sisters. My mom says I am allowed to be mad and sad sometimes but that God picked us to be his family and me to be his big brother because he knew I would be perfect, and I could watch out for him and help him when he needs help, so I do.

Everyone tells me I am an awesome big brother.

*Name withheld

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