This week I want to put my sister, Christy, in the spotlight. She is the person who taught me to read, and she continues to be a source of learning and great inspiration. Christy worked hard to put herself through the University of Missouri while employed part- and full-time. She then moved to St. Louis and eventually made her way to California.
It was her life-long dream to live by the ocean, as she could not settle for living in the Midwest. Some people are just not meant to suffer through cold winters. She has lived in her CA haven for almost 30 years now. We drove half-way across the United States to get her there back in the early '90s. That was quite a ride!
Working her regular multitude of jobs, Christy has continued to teach fitness classes, do massage, and aid in physical therapy. I think she found her life's calling in physical wellness. She is also an experienced cat-care expert and has done feral cat rescue for several years. The feline world has a heroine in her, too.
As if caring for others isn't enough, she has the somewhat double-edged distinction of being a cancer survivor. Christy's diagnosis was a defining moment for our family. I will never take health for granted, and thank the universe for every day she is on this earth to share her life with us. She fought through surgery, chemotherapy and recovery without the bitterness and cynicism most of us would profess to the world.
It gave me gave pause to think of my sister grinding through her spin classes while I mentally whined about my simple step aerobics. I often chided myself that, "Christy can teach spin, and I can't get through this?" She is an inspiration of strength and determination.
Many adventures and much laughter mark our past (my 21st birthday, Tiki island, canoe trips, a head full of seagull poop, et al), and I look forward to a wild array of more together. Christy is a powerful force to behold. I salute my sistah and thank her for being one of my biggest supporters and a great friend!
Please share your feelings for an important woman in your life. Use the little "here's to you" image at the top of this page if you'd like. It only takes a second to tell someone how important they are.