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    Posted April 9, 2014 by
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    In praise of “other mothers”

    My big sister....my other mother


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     jjc630718's older sister Nicole became a second mother to her after they lost their mother to cancer in 2006. She said that her sister taught her "to believe in myself and to never settle." "She pushed me to go back to school, and she told me I could do anything I want and be anything I want," she said.
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    I have always had a close relationship with my older sister Nicole. It seems that bonds are either strengthened or broken when faced with terrible events. Our mother died in 2006 after losing her battle with cancer. It was and is a very hard pill to swallow. Our mom was a remarkable woman and a true angel here on earth. I considered her to be a real life super hero, it seemed like there was nothing that she couldnt do. Even though I was 25 when our mother died and I was far from being a child I still needed a mom. It was like without hesitation that my sister Nicole took that place and filled the void I had in my life. While no one can take the place of our mother and she has never tried to do so....I look to my sister for all the things I would have gone to my mother about. When I decided I wanted to move out of state, I asked my sister if it was a good idea. When I wanted to buy my first car, I asked my sister how I should start the process. When I decided I wanted to go back to college, I asked my sister which school I should go to. From relationship advice to swapping recipes she is everything that I need and more. Did she birth me? No. Does she nourish me, look out for me, encourage me and tell me when I am wrong? Yes, of course. Would I love to have my mother back? A thousand times yes. Do I know that my mother is thrilled that I was left in such great and capable hands? Of course she does. I am thankful every day that I have her and I know my mom is too. So I want to say thank you to my "other mother" Nicole who is the actual mother to her own two children and her little sister. I am so blessed to have had two amazing mothers in my lifetime.
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