My sister Aimee died two years ago today. As time goes on, I feel like the details of who she was, especially before the cancer, start to slip away. So here are some of those things
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    She loved to be comfortable
    So much so that she bypassed maternity clothes altogether and wore scrubs while she was pregnant
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    She always had perfectly manicured nails
    The girl knew how to treat herself πŸ’…πŸ»
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    She really liked those JibJab videos where you put people's faces onto dancing cartoons
    Her son and Mitt Romney, circa October 2012 πŸ™„
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    She bought me a helicopter trip for my graduation
    Because she knew I really wanted to go, and didn't even complain when she was airsick the entire time
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    I grew up idolizing her senior portrait that was framed at home
    She was GORGEOUS. I mean model pretty. Growing up all I wanted was some day to be as pretty as her
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    Her kids are awesome and weird
    They're crazy, lovable weirdos and I feel that's a total testament to the first 4, 5, and 7 years they spent with her as their mom
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    She would give me advice about boys
    Even though we were 13 years apart and I was notoriously private and shy on this topic, she had a way of forcing it out of me. No teasing, just solid, and looking back, pretty wise, advice
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    Fashion was...not her thing
    As if you couldn't tell from the scrubs. My other sister and I love trends and shopping and clothes we can't afford. Aimee had us wear these shiny pink monstrosities to her wedding, bc she liked pink and didn't want to look anymore. They were heinous and I think it said a lot that we loved her anyway after this
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    Except for Kate Spade!
    She had so,so many bags. I inherited one of her satchels and I smile every time I carry it
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    Pure Prairie League's "Amie" was her song
    I heard it recently at a bar and almost broke down. It's lovely, soothing melody feels like it captures her spirit
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    She was a great friend
    It wasn't even until after she died that I realized this, just from the depth of the grief of her closest friends. It makes me ashamed that I didn't know them well, but to know that she had that much of an impact on them, the people who saw her every day, is nice to know
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    Her cousin used to tell this great story
    When Aimee was a kid, she used to assume a tv personality. She would act as a reporter, changing her name to "Tricia Petrucelli, reporting live from Erie, PA"
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    She was a mentor
    She attended conferences and meetings for IBC survivors (inflammatory breast cancer) and supported those she met there. She was a shoulder to cry on, a lifeline, a pillar of strength for others even through her own pain
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    Also she really liked Twilight
    And all vampire stories πŸ˜‚ she went to the premiere of one of the movies when she was pregnant wearing a homemade t-shirt that read "Edward's baby" with an arrow to her stomach
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    She could make you laugh when you needed to be serious
    I was supposed to do a reading at my cousin's wedding, but she hadn't given me much information about it before the big day, so I figured I wouldn't be doing it. Turns out I was, and since we arrived to the ceremony about 3 mins late, I had to look up the Bible passage on my phone. While I was standing up there, I couldn't look Aimee in the eye. The situation was so ridiculous, and if I saw the mocking grin on her face I would have lost it
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    I miss her
    All the time, but today more acutely
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    Love you, Aim πŸ‘ΌπŸΌ
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    Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. πŸ’•