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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)

TITLE: "Treasured Moments"
By Corinne Boback


Entering the hospital cancer wing, I took a deep breath. I knew it was going to be the last unconfined breath I would take for the next eight days.

Putting on the sterile mask that would now cover my nose and mouth, I walked into the room of my twin sister. She was being treated for leukemia, and could not be exposed to anyone’s germs. She was undergoing chemotherapy, awaiting the bone marrow that would be taken in eight days from my body and transplanted into hers. This necessary transplant could very possibly save her life.

Because I was the donor, and also a nurse, the hospital arranged for me to “room in” with my sister during those days. The donor must be careful and guard against illness or injury during the time the patient is undergoing chemotherapy. The patient’s own bone marrow is being destroyed in preparation to receive the donor’s healthy marrow. Should something happen to the donor during the preparatory time, the patient would of course be facing a crisis situation.

That hospital room became a private place, a beautiful sanctuary, for she and I during that time. We spent those days reminiscing, reflecting, and making new memories that only twins can share. It was a time of intimacy with Jesus and just the two of us. Yes, there were some times of sadness, but the rejoicing between us was so much more than any brief moments of sadness that tried to interrupt.

We talked of our hopes and dreams, those fulfilled, and those yet to be fulfilled. We spoke of her successful marriage of twenty-one years, and my failed marriage, and how the Lord used both for our individual growth in Him. We shared stories of her four children and my only child, and the pure joy of being a mother.

As the days went on, she asked me to take care of things if she did not survive. Every detail was discussed, even her funeral wishes, as she knew her husband would not be able to make decisions at that trying time. She knew his sensitivity that well.

The transplant took place, and I went home the following day. It was not successful, and she became semi-comatose very quickly. I was awakened five days after the transplant, with the voice of the Lord saying, “Get there now! She is waiting for you one last time before she comes to Me. She was born with you, and she wants you there at the hour of her death.”

It was too late for masks. It no longer mattered. I climbed into bed with her, held her in my arms, and told her it was okay to go back to the Father that loved us both so very much.

I assured her that everything we talked about would remain with me forever. I promised to fulfill those things she asked of me. And most importantly, I gave her my word that I would join her one day for all eternity.

She smiled a smile I will never forget, and a Light entered the room, covering her. The nurse at the edge of the bed said she had never seen anything like it in all of her years of nursing. It was the presence of God, calling my sister home, and she was smiling as she went

Treasured moments can never be replaced. They are there for the taking if we look for them in every situation. Death cannot destroy those moments, for they only grow deeper in our heart’s memories when we realize we seized the opportunity to live for what each moment holds.

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Nancy Quinn03/13/08
Oh, this was beautiful and gave me tears. What a special relationship the sisters had, and the joy of an eternal relationship to look forward to as well. Very well done - thank you for sharing this. God bless
Lyn Churchyard03/14/08
What a wonderful story. Sad but wonderful. It definitely had me reaching for the Kleenex. I know how your MC felt, my twin brother died at birth, but I look forward to being reunited with him in Heaven. You have done a great job in writing this. Well done.
Brenda LaVelle 03/15/08
Beautiful article! I appreciate your view of eternity and turning our loved ones over to our Heavenly Father. I also believe there is never a non-sacred moment and know the bond between twins and the treasured memories I have of watching twin nephews grow up to be fine Christian young men. Thank you for sharing. Always, in all ways, to God the honor and glory!
Yvonne Blake 03/17/08
"Sniff,sniff" You brought me to tears! Is this a true story? It's so touching.
You did a great job of showing the closeness of the time. A little dialogue might have helped, or some of the details of your conversation.
Beautiful! Thank you for writing it.
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/17/08
What a perfectly beautiful sad/happy story--sad for parting/happy for hope of a renunion.
Holly Westefeld03/17/08
Your title says it all. This is beautifully written, and though tears overflowed, I was happy that the two of you had made the most of the time you shared.
jodie banner03/20/08
You have a beautiful way with words. Congratulations on moving up.
Joanne Sher 03/20/08
Wow. Absolutely excellent writing,and so engaging and heart-wrenching. Exceptionally well done. Congratulations on placing. Definitely well-deserved.
Sheri Gordon03/20/08
Congratulations on your 3rd place. This is so beautifully written.
Patrick Whalen03/20/08
That's strange, I could have sworn I commented on your wonderful writing here the other day. Perhaps I got distracted and forgot to submit my comments because I remember enjoying this entry. Congratualtions on placing 3rd! Drinks are on me...literally, I just spilled my Pepsi...hahahaha :)
Debbie Wistrom03/21/08
This is wonderful, if true thanks for sharing, it must have been hard, if fiction Watch out, what talent! Either way this entry is well done,so keep writing.
Celeste Ammirata03/23/08
What a tender, moving story. I got chills as I read this. How wonderful that the sisters had those moments together. They were surely blessed. Congratulations on placing third. You deserve to move up a level with your talent. God Bless
Catrina Bradley 03/24/08
Great account - this must have been very hard for you to write (I'm assuming it's true.) The last paragraph was stunningly hopeful, and made me tear up. Congratulations on your 3rd place!
Marsha Landers04/07/08
Very well written. The sadness, closeness of the sisters, and comfort were all present. It made me feel.