My Sister's KeeperBook - 2004
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"there should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rule book that says it is all right to wake up crying,but only for a month."
“In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who lose a child.”
“It doesn't take a whole long life to realize that what we deserve to have, we rarely get.”
“Until this moment, I had not realized that someone could break your heart twice, along the very same fault lines.”
“There should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rulebook that says it is all right to wake up crying, but only for a month. That after 42 days you will no longer turn with your heart racing, certain you have heard her call out your name. That there will be no fine imposed if you feel the need to clean out her desk; take down her artwork from the refrigerator; turn over a school portrait as you pass - if only because it cuts you fresh again to see it. That it's okay to measure the time she has been gone, the way we once measured her birthdays.”
“It's about a girl who is on the cusp of becoming someone.. A girl who may not know what she wants right now, and she may not know who she is right now, but who deserves the chance to find out.”
“True love is felonious… You take someone’s breath away… You rob them of the ability to utter a single word… You steal a heart.”
“Sometimes to get what you want the most, you have to do what you want the least.”
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Anna was concieved through IVF as a genetic match to her sister Kate, who was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia at the age of 2. Initially only Anna's cord blood is donated, but as Kate's disease progresses and changes, Anna's parents have her donate blood and marrow several times. When Anna is 13 and Kate is 16, Kate's kidneys fail. The girls' parents expect Anna to donate a kidney to save Kate's life, as a transplant is Kate's only hope for survival. Anna hires a lawyer, Campbell Alexander, to help her become medically emancipated from her parents. This book follows the course of the trial, as Anna's family tries to come to terms with the lawsuit, and explores the family's life since Kate's diagnosis and their complex relationships with each other. Anna loves her sister--but is she willing to let her die?