Happy Birthday, Carolyn!!
As my sister enters the last year of her thirties, I'm sure she will look back upon this last decade and choose it as the most gratifying, challenging, heart breaking, rewarding, gruesome,etc. etc. My hope is that she looks back and says, "It was worth it". You see, my sister was lost to me for 15+ years. Without going into much detail let's just say, I had no interest in reading James Frey's book because I lived it and more with my sister.
My sister hit rock bottom shortly after my first child was born...I like to think that Cameron was a catalyst in that Carolyn wanted to be an aunt that Cameron could depend on and look up to; that wasn't going to be a reality if things didn't change. So my sister made up her mind and has never looked back (though, I am sure there have been many, many challenges along the way). This past January, she celebrated 9 years sober...9 years that I have slowly gained a sister, friend and confidant.
So, with each year that goes by, I continue to receive my favorite gift, the gift of having my sister back in my life.