3 Days, 3 Quotes (Day 3)

On this last day of the challenge, again, I want to thank Amy (at The World Is A Book…) for inviting me to participate the “3 Days, 3 Quotes” challenge — post a quote each day for 3 days and nominate 3 new bloggers each day to take part.

Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there. ~Amy Li

Karin, Helen, Yvonne

Karin, Helen, Yvonne

Yvonne, Karin, Helen

Yvonne, Karin, Helen

In 2002, a year after we lost both of our parents, my sister Karin was diagnosed with breast cancer. The first thing she said to me was: “I am so grateful that I wasn’t diagnosed with cancer when our parents were still alive. Can you imagine how mom would take the news?” The second thing she said to me was: “If every family has to have a victim of cancer, I am glad it is me instead of you or Yvonne.”

Karin passed away in 2013, but I know she is with us, still.

I would like to invite Lois, Sue, Adhika to participate the challenge. Again, please don’t feel that you have to accept the invitation. No pressure! 😉

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About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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40 Responses to 3 Days, 3 Quotes (Day 3)

  1. joannesisco says:

    Beautiful pictures of you and your sisters. I’m so sorry for the untimely loss of your sister Karin. I’m sure she has a very special permanent place in the hearts of her sisters ❤

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  2. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing these two precious photos, Helen. I love the quote. I don’t have a sister (no cousin sisters either), always envy the sisterhood. Karin had a big heart, her love to you and Yvonne will always be with you.

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  3. loisajay says:

    Helen, this was such a touching and beautiful post. I love the pictures of the three of you. And you will be one tough act to follow, my friend! Thank you for the invite. I will do my best.

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    • Helen C says:

      Woo-hoo — is that how to spell the word? It sounds like that!!! 😉 I am so glad that you are accepting the invitation! I am addicted to your sense of humor! 😉 Looking forward to reading your post!
      Have a great day!

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  4. Cee Neuner says:

    You always touch my heart when your blog about Karin. You were sure blessed to have her as a sister. And yes she is always with you 😀

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  5. Sue says:

    Beautiful post about your sisters- whenever you post about your family it seems like I can feel them. :). and of course I’ll participate!

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  6. Mabel Kwong says:

    Such lovely photos of you and your sisters, then and now. Sticking together throughout time…like three cheeky monkeys 😀 Sorry to hear that Karin has passed on, but I’m sure each day she is still beside you in spirity ❤

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Mabel – one of the wisest young people I have ever met. Three cheeky monkeys? You made me laugh (and a little sad). I will definitely tell Yvonne about this. 😉
      Interestingly, we have lots of monkeys (Chinese zodiac) in my family. My mom, Karin, my daughter, and one of my nieces.
      Have a great day!

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  7. seeker says:

    What a selfless caring person Karin was, Amy. Lucky to have her in your family. Gosh the photos brings so much memories and nostalgia.

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Perpetua. Karin was definitely selfless and caring. Life was so easy when she was around.
      I love seeing old photos, mine or other people’s. I like being able to relive the moment.
      Have a wonderful day!

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  8. treerabold says:

    What wonderful memories these pictures must have for you.
    I am so sorry about your sister. What a huge heart she must’ve had….her thoughts were immediately about her family and not herself.

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  10. Trudi says:

    Helen, Delicate tribute to loved ones. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Trudi. Nice hearing from you. Haven’t heard from you for a while; I checked your blog. I’d missed a couple of posts when I was traveling. Love your poem “He brings me coffee” 😉
      Have a great day!

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      • Trudi says:

        Hi Helen, yes, my 3D world demanded some priority! Glad to be back and sure missed being on wp. I did sign up for Blog 101 (which I should have done instead of 201 last years) LOL! Best always, Tru

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  11. Dalo 2013 says:

    Great set of photos ~ and a heartwarming tribute. Nothing quite like family (and sisters!). Cheers to a great summer Helen.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Randall. You can tell that I’ve reached at a certain age now 😉
      Have a wonderful summer! (We had 62 degrees yesterday. It’s July 1st!)

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  12. restlessjo says:

    What a wonderful sister, Helen! Isn’t that just how it should be , but so rarely is… 🙂

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  13. marjma2014 says:

    So sorry to hear about your sister, Karin, such a sad loss. They say that only the best suffer from breast cancer, the most caring souls. Perhaps they give so much of themselves for others. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos of the three of you together.

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  14. So sorry for your loss. Helen. This is a beautiful tribute to your generous sister.

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  16. billgncs says:

    what a courageous, loving soul.

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  17. Lignum Draco says:

    There’s sadness, but much more beauty in this post.

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  18. carol1945 says:

    Helen, I read this one today. The photos and your words are so touching. I never had a sister, and to see the three of you, both young, and older, it is wonderful.

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    • Helen C says:

      Hello, Carol, I am lucky to have two wonderful sisters. After my parents passed away, Karin was like sister and a mother for me. I miss her a lot. Thanks for reading my story.

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