My sister was born 24 years ago today. I don’t really remember anything about the day she was born; I was 3 years old.

Then, 23 years and about 8 months ago, she died of leukemia. We didn’t know she had cancer — the disease spreads so quickly in an infant, her cells already dividing so fast — until she was gone. I remember that day much more clearly.

I don’t have anything clever or profound to say.

Today, like every other July 30, I’m sad. Sad that we didn’t get more time together. Sad that I’ll never know what…

Katy Mersmann

Professional stan for planet Earth. I wrote about being sick.

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