Thankful for My Big Sis

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

Last week I flew to LA so I could meet up with my brother and his wife from Pittsburg to help celebrate my sister Susie’s 80th birthday!! Her daughter from Kentucky flew in also. Her other daughter, step-daughter and husbands live close by. They found the perfect restaurant for us to celebrate Susie's 80th birthday in a private dining room. Her face may appear masked-like from Parkinson's but her humor and personality shine through. Her step-daughter's husband loves to write poems and read her a perfect message on her special birthday.

 

Susie has Parkinson’s and Rotoscoliosis. Rotoscoliosis is the worst and most severe type of scoliosis. It’s a curvature of the vertebral column turned on its axis. Not only does the spine curve to the side, but the curve is also associated with a strong degree of rotation.

She lives in a wonderful, assisted living facility where the staff and residents love her enthusiastic and cheerful disposition.  Her mobility is limited but doesn’t stop her from taking several walks with her walker a day and always makes her way to the dining room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, to visit her table mates.

She is an inspiration to everyone, and I admire her tenacity and grateful she is my big sis. Susie is a woman of faith and still attends Bible study and journal writing classes they offer where she lives. It’s hard for her to write so they discuss meaningful questions which they are requested to ponder. Her determination to live a life of gratitude has influenced all of us.

Spending time with my sister and brother (and everyone who came) was such a treat. She had boxes of photographs she wanted us to look through and told us to take any photos we wanted. We all laughed, reminisced about our childhood growing up and recalled episodes that happened to each of us siblings along our path to adult hood. Sometimes a different perspective gives us new insight into our childhood. 

Our parents have been gone for quite some time so we are the “Cleary” kids and so glad we talk often and make an effort to stay connected since we live in different parts of the country. My brother survived being shot at Kent State and Pancreatic cancer and my sister is living with some debilitating heath issues. We all exhibit positive attitudes and take what life sends our way and deals with it together. I think our parents would be proud of us.

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”  Maya Angelou

 

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Comments (24)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

What a wonderful celebration for your family, Dorie.  Your sister is a true inspiration.

Nov 23, 2022 09:41 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Dorie, for sharing this story.

I love your quote selection.

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Nov 23, 2022 09:44 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie and may your table tomorrow be full with lots of friends and food for all.  Make it a good one!

 

Nov 23, 2022 09:49 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie the 80th birthday is a big one, and it was great that the family could be together to celebrate it.

Nov 23, 2022 01:50 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

You are fortunate to have your wonderful sister, Dorie.  I know I appreciate mine, who was like a second mother to me.

Nov 23, 2022 04:08 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I just talked to her last night Michael Jacobs and she misses already all the commotion we caused and fun we had!

Nov 23, 2022 04:47 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Attitude is everything Kat Palmiotti . You did a great job on your presentation yesterday! What a wonderful idea of creating a Facebook Lifestyle page....Happy Thanksgiving! 

Nov 23, 2022 04:49 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX !

Nov 23, 2022 06:02 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Yes Carol Williams she is and it was so good to spend time with her.

Nov 23, 2022 04:49 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Roy Kelley ..I think it fits her perfectly.

Nov 23, 2022 04:50 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Will Hamm ..enjoy your table tomorrow!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 04:50 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

It is a milestone George Souto and she so appreciated all of us going out to help her celebrate.

Nov 23, 2022 04:51 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I am indeed grateful Myrl Jeffcoat for my big sis!

Nov 23, 2022 04:52 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dorie- what a beautiful story. I'm so glad that your family was able to get together to celebrate your sister Susie's 80th birthday. It's fun to share stories of our childhood with our siblings and relatives. Sometimes we'll forget what someone else has remembered. 

Nov 23, 2022 06:15 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

You are so right Kathy Streib ! Its always fun to hear another version of the same story. Sometimes a different perspective. 

Nov 23, 2022 08:14 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Susie sounds like such a wonderful person and is looking good at 80!  I am sorry to hear that she has to deal with Parkinson’s and Rotoscoliosis.  My Dad also has Parkinson's but it hasn't seemed to slow him down too much over the years, especially compared to how badly it affects some others.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2022 05:34 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dorie - we all have ailments, some worse than others.  But we can also be very grateful that we are happy with family and friends.  So happy that you all got together.

Nov 24, 2022 07:00 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Having Parkinson's is different for everyone Brian England. Glad to hear your dad is not inconvenienced too bad. My mom had Parkinson's too and  I can see they have made wonderful strides in finding more ways to cope with it but would like to see more improvement.

Nov 24, 2022 08:24 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Grant Schneider ,

Everyone has something don't they? We have to learn to cope with what comes our way and not let it take us down. 

Nov 24, 2022 08:25 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, your sister is SUCH an inspiration, Dorie! I love that she has kept her sense of humor and does everything she can to make others laugh and feel comfortable. Getting up and taking those walks is huge in keeping her mobility as well as she can with her Parkinson's and Rotoscoliosis. Just dealing with ONE of those diagnoses is one heck of a challenge but, both of them...as I said, she is truly inspirational. And, I love Maya Angelo's quote - very fitting for this.

And, I had no idea your brother had survived a gunshot at Kent State - just WOW! Your entire family is one inspiration after another, Dorie!

Thank you again for another wonderful gratitude entry.

 

Nov 26, 2022 06:18 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Dorie... how wonderful that you were able to personally celebrate with your sister on her 80th birthday. She looks terrific despite her physical ailments. Parkinson's is hard enough to deal with on its own, but add in the Rotoscoliosis and it's beyond comprehension how she manages to do so well with both. Hats off to her. She is an inspiration to us all to be as graceful under similar circumstances.

 

Nov 28, 2022 08:38 AM