A different 9/11 remembrance

While the rest of the country is reflecting on this day 11 years ago my thoughts have been on my sister. Today would have been her 52nd birthday had we not lost her two months ago.  As unreal as it seems that 11 years have gone by since we were brought to our knees by an act of cowardice by terrorists, it is equally unreal that yesterday marked the 2 month anniversary of when this family was brought to its knees.   I talk about Debbie in my blog of 7/21 when the shock was still fresh.   I had to recount to yet another medical provider the facts of her illness(es) and death yesterday.  I’m beginning to think my expectations of the medical community are unreasonable.  While I know they share information regarding my treatment between them, not one doctor has included the fact that my only sibling died unexpectedly in their reports.  Yet, they all want to be kept abreast of changes in family medical history.  Annoying is an understatement.

Today is exactly the kind of September day it was 11 years ago on Debbie’s 41st birthday when America changed forever. Bright sun, impossibly blue skies, cool air.  A perfect day for remembrance.  In a bit some of her family and friends will gather. We’ll visit the cemetery and then have dinner together and celebrate.  Not everyone can make it but those of us that can will raise a glass and remember.



  1. michelleatplay · September 11, 2012

    I always find it odd when we go through our own personal tragedies, that the world continues to turn. My heart can be breaking, but I still need to buy toothpaste. On this personal day of rememberance for you and your family, please know that you are not alone. God bless you and your loved ones.


    • mainelyhopeful · September 12, 2012

      “…. I still need to buy toothpaste” Isn’t that the truth? Thank you.


  2. Brice Harris · September 11, 2012

    My thoughts are of You, Hank, Rachael, and Mel, your Mom and Dad, Jeff and his daughers, and Deb’s son today; but most especially I think fondly of the woman who was a sister, daughter, soulmate, and mother to the ones whose hearts will forever be with her eternally as she watches over each of you….God Bless you Susan and your family.


  3. eddiesandcurrents · September 12, 2012

    Sending good vibes to you and all of your family today.


  4. rachaelsladylumps · September 12, 2012

    Sending hugs your way. May you find much comfort in family and friends tonight.


  5. The Presents of Presence · September 13, 2012

    Thinking of you and your sis…I get it…xo


  6. Cindy's Cancers · September 13, 2012

    Susan, I left you something in my latest post. I hope you love it.


  7. grabafriend · October 1, 2012

    September 11th was the day 3 weeks ago that my 7 1/2 month old son was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma (cancer in both eyes). It was a devastating day. Each September 11th almost everyone in the country spends a few minutes thinking about those that lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. My hope is that with blogs like this we can remind people that every time you look at another human being you should see them as a human being, someone who has their own share of trials and tribulations, and we can treat each other better.


    • mainelyhopeful · October 1, 2012

      I can’t even imagine your devastation. Praying for a complete healing for your baby.


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