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Faith Won in My Sister's Cancer Fight

My baby sister will always be an Angel to me. Her faith and love are so strong--she is always thinking of others, and not herself.

A Place To Be Alone

The soft southern breeze caressed my skin, reminiscent of a lover's touch, so light, loving, soothingly cool while at the same time warm, almost lackadaisical. I closed my eyes and stretched out on my lawn chair to reminisce about the past year, and how my family triumphed over an evil disease called cancer.

When suddenly, an acorn bounced off my foot. I opened my eyes and stared up into the huge Oak tree, only to see long strands of grey moss swaying from the same soft breeze, I was enjoying.

Bright sunlight filtered through the leaves, dancing warming on my face. I noticed Squirrels running and playing on the big limbs above my head. What a beautiful day to celebrate life.

Paula and Bobbi

Paula and Bobbi

Counting My Blessings

I came out here for solitude, and to think about the lessons I have learned from life, last year; and into this year of 2011. And to thank our Lord for all his blessings he gave us.

One Could Always Presume

One could always presume, that an older sister, such as I, would always be strong when facing a dreaded disease. However, I was not strong, because it happened to my baby sister, Paula.

My Sister Paula

Paula, is nine years younger than I, and she and I have always been very close. Hand-in-hand I walked with her to Sunday School Class, before I went to mine.

After Sunday School I would pick her up, and we walked into Church to sit with our parents. She was our baby, as well as, our Angel, then and now.

Pure in Spirit

I have never heard her say a bad word, and she has never said anything mean to anyone, at least not in front of me. Paula is now a mother, and a young grandmother, and yes, she still has her wings.

I Will Never Forget

I will never forget where I was and what I was doing when President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King were assassinated. And it was the same when Paula called and gave me her mammogram report.

I felt as if time had frozen, I could not feel or breath---and it seem forever, until she said, "Bobbi, are you still there? " Yes, I am here. What happens now?" I felt my heart sink into an abyss of agony, as I asked these words.

On A Very Cold January Morning In Florida

Paula told me what would happen, and it did. On a very cold January morning in Florida, my sister had a Mastectomy

. Before her surgery, we all held hands and prayed for her, the surgeons, and nurses. I kiss her as they rolled her away from us, my baby sister.


I remember, previously, asking where is all this positive behavior coming from? I have not heard you say a negative word about getting Cancer, and you have not shed a single tear in front of me. And I have never heard you say, "Why me?" My sister had conviction she would succeed over the dreaded disease called cancer.

A Guardian Angel is still watching over my sister Paula.

A Guardian Angel is still watching over my sister Paula.

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God Sent Her an Angel

Paula, looked at me with so much love in her beautiful brown eyes, showing me the sweetest face, a human could have, and said, "First, and foremost, I have faith that God is watching over me, and he has sent an Angel to help me through all the trials of my life. I said, "I wish I could see and talk to this Angel. "

She replied, "God, sent me you, sister, even if you got here nine years before I did, he sent you to watch out for me, and to love me unconditionally---you are more than just a sister to me. And then we both cried.

Her Christian Faith

Yes, I learned my lesson about Christian Faith. I always thought I had Christian Faith, until I watched my sister as she went through Chemotherapy Treatments. I was with her when Chemotherapy made her ill, it was so unbearable for me to watch her be so sick.

And I was there when she lost her hair--not one word of showing any concern about herself, as her long dark beautifully thick hair fell out. I would go home and cry all night--I could only cry when I was not around her, as I was strong in front of her.

Cancer Free

Now, she is Cancer Free, her hair has grown back, and it is just as thick and beautiful as before, the dreaded Cancer.


If Angels, do become humans to do God's work---my sister Paula is one of them. God is giving her another granddaughter this Spring, to love and share with her sister---me.

My Private Corner Of The Yard

Now, I am here once more in my private corner of the yard, under my old Oak Tree, getting ready to thank God, ----for the precious gift of life--- he let stay with us a little longer, my sister Paula.

Thank you, Lord, for watching over my sister Paula and for your Angels who protected and gave her peace of mind. As she showed her family that faith triumphs over cancer.

Update on My Sister Paula in January of 2012

Paula is doing well now, and her hair has grown back, and it is dark and thick, with a lot of white in it. However, on her it looks beautiful. All of her previous energy is slowly coming back, and she is back at work, feeling better with each new day.

I must say that she works with the most unusually kind girls--always filling in for Paula when she was too sick to work. And now she is trying to pay back the kindness by trading days when they need to for their families.

Paula is now the proud granny of a new baby girl, who is outstandingly beautiful with her big blue eyes and sweet personality. And Paula takes care of her on days off from her job, because the baby's' mommy teaches, and makes my sister so happy to do it. Her brightest smiles are when she is holding the baby.

So, life is great for my sister once again, and so now I really believe that saying of--every dark cloud has a silver lining.

Now, I pray that all Paula's clouds will all be big puffy white ones with silver and gold linings, because she is the Angel that deserves them. Faith Triumphs Over Cancer is the best title for her true story--- about her faith that God would take care of her, and he did.

Update on My Sister Paula

It is May 13, 2013 and my sister Paula is still doing well---she deals with little issue such as sometimes her hands hurt and she said she does not remember a lot of the past. However, it is just certain parts that she cannot recall.

Her energy level is not back fully---but she keeps on going full steam ahead. And she is very happy now because on her days off she has her sweet and beautiful granddaughter Collyns to baby sit with and to love. Collyns is two years old now and the love of the family.

Recovering from Cancer is taking one baby step at a time---And I thank God I have my sister still on this earth with me..

Update on My Sister Paula

It is August 3, 2020 and My sister is doing well. She had many heartaches to overcome. In addition of having Cancer twice she suffered the loss of her oldest son. John May 30, 2019.

Her two sons are like my children--Baby John is what I called him. Our family has been through so much in the last four years. And, like so many families we have our faith to carry us through.

Now, Americans are dealing with the Covid 19 as well as the world. So, I close with a heavy heart for our family still grieving for our loss.

I am sending prayers to all who reads this and to the world for a better new year 2021 for all.


This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2011 Barbara Purvis Hunter


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on December 10, 2014:


They sound wonderful---I bet the twins are beautiful.


Suzie from Carson City on December 10, 2014:

Most of them don't need "tending to"....they range from 25 down to my newest, the one year old twins! As my son calls them "Juan & Two".......LOL

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on December 10, 2014:

Paula, WOW! Bring them on---I love the more the merrier---I would surely need help with them and love every minute. You are a lucky woman. Take care and keeping writing.

Until later,

Bobbi Purvis

Suzie from Carson City on December 10, 2014:

If I have any grand babies?? LMAO!.....only 12, Bobbi 9 boys 3 girls....(.and ONE GREAT grand daughter!) I guess she makes it 13!......................Whew. How'd you like to clean up after that crew??

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on December 10, 2014:

Paula, I am so blessed to have her in my life. And, I thank God everyday for letting her stay with us because I thought I would not have her long after I stayed by her side through it all. It takes a strong person to fight cancer and win. Linda could write a book on it, and they are still fighting to win.

You have a wonderful rest of the week and may you feel the joy of the season with all your sweet children and grand-babies if you have any.

Bobbi Purvis

Suzie from Carson City on December 10, 2014:

Bobbi.....This story has deeply touched me. I'm wiping away the tears. You and your sister are blessed with one another and the love is obvious. I am so happy for Paula & you, as well as the entire family that Paula was victorious in this battle. No one is as close as a sister......Bobbi....this has truly moved me...UP++

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 27, 2012:


And bless you sweet Angel for being a survivor and my sister. I am sorry about your grandmother, great-grandmother and great aunt. Those days were rough as there was almost nothing to help.

Live, Love, Laugh and stay positive---that is important for cancer survivors. I make sure my sister is happy and she now has a baby grandchild to love so that helps.

Thanks for the visit and take care.

Bobbi Purvis

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on October 27, 2012:

Wonderful hub. I am also a survivor of three years. Still taking medicine to help keep it from coming back, for two more years. My grandmother, great-grandmother and great aunt all fought hard but back then, they did not have as much of a chance. We are lucky that they have had great improvements in treatment options. Positive thinking is so very important for a good recovery. My great aunt nursed the others through theirs and when they told her that she had cancer, she gave up and died within 24 hours. I truly believe that she did not want to do that fight and died of fright. She was a surgical nurse and knew what her chances were then. Blessings to all those who are survivors and those who are still fighting the fight. Blessings to those family members who support them while they are fighting this.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 26, 2012:


I am so sorry about your family---but I am happy your sister is a cancer survivor like my sister. We can only pray there is a cure soon. I feel it is near and I have faith it will save so many.

Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 26, 2012:


I am happy for your visit and I appreciate your kind words. Yes--- with faith and prayers that were heard by the Lord because he let me keep my baby sister. She is an Angel for real---always spreading joy and cheer---and never thinking of herself.

I hate Cancer it has taken so many good people away from their families. I am not suppose to hate---but Cancer I do hate.

Thanks again,

Bobbi Purvis

Linda from Texas on October 26, 2012:

What an awesome story!! while I've lost both parents and other relatives to cancer, my sister is also a breast cancer survivor!!! YAY!!

Joseph De Cross from New York on October 26, 2012:

Found this by chance, I guess it was meant to be read on Cancer awareness month. Your sister remind me of those baby guardian angels that will never leave us. The story is dramatic and rewarding. Not so many have survived, but through your faith and prayers her life was spared. God is out there and is in us. He makes things happen for a reason. Your joy and your hopes got renewed through unexpected tribulations. Why did I have to write this? I guess it was meant to be. Thanks Bobbi! Nice pic of you both!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on August 23, 2012:

shruti sheshadri,

My sister and I thank you for you kind words.

When I think about how lucky I am to still have her on this earth with me--I cry tears of joy


Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

shruti sheshadri from Bangalore, India on August 23, 2012:

Beautiful, I am so happy for your sister, Take care :)

Your writing is very very touching, and it moved my heart!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on August 22, 2012:


Thank you so much for your kind words. My sister and I appreciate very much.

Have great tomorrow.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Sueswan on August 22, 2012:

Hi Bobbi

I am so happy that your sister overcame cancer. I admire her strength, courage and faith. Thank you for sharing this hub. I think it will bring comfort and hope for one who is watching a loved one battle cancer.

Both you and your sister are angels.

God bless :)

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on August 21, 2012:


I am so sorry about your sister, and yes, I spend as much time with her as possible. Thank you for reading her story.

Your Hub friend,

Bobbi Purvis

carol stanley from Arizona on August 21, 2012:

Success stories are always wonderful. Iam glad she is back to life and living well. I lost my older sister last year...Very tough. So enjoy life with her as I am sure you are. A lovely hub and a tribute to your sister.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 26, 2012:


Thank you so much for the visit, and for the comment. I appreciate the well wishes for my sister.

Have a great weekend,


Rika Susan from South Africa on May 25, 2012:

Thank you for sharing this story of hope and love, Bobbi! Beautifully written and an encouragement to many. I am so that Paula is doing well.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on February 28, 2012:

That is such a Darling comment--and it would be an honor to share my Oak tree with your sister.

Thanks for the comment about the photo, my sister was such a sweet child, and she still is sweet.

Thanks, it was nice taling to you.


Linda Rogers from Minnesota on February 28, 2012:

I forgot to say a couple things: That picture of you and your baby sister is absolutely beautiful. I also meant to say that you and my sis can imagine sitting under your old oak tree together, thanking God and breathing a huge sigh of relief. Yay for sisters.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on February 28, 2012:


Thank you for reading my hub. Yes, I am very lucky to have my sweet sister, and I thank God everyday.

Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.


Sondra Rochelle from USA on February 28, 2012:

This is just beautiful, and I'm so glad for both you and your sister that she is doing well. I always wanted a sister, but it never happened. You both have real treasures in each other and I know you will go on together for many years. Thank you so much for writing this one.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on February 28, 2012: