Dear Aunt Sherry,
I will never forget the last conversation I had with you on the telephone. I was so happy to be able to talk with you and about my grandparents, who were taken from me at such a young age. I know you would be proud of me, and I know my grandfather is with me too. I have been an accomplished nurse for 18 years now, board certified in five medical specialties, including oncology, and I only wish I could have been there to help you in your final days. I am also an accomplished horsewoman in KY, and was cast in a movie called 50 to 1, which comes out in theatres this year. It is the true story of Minethatbird, a Horse that won the Kentucky Derby in 2009. I got to play the double for famous jockey Calvin Borel, in the movie, because like my grandfather,I have a gift with horses. I ride 5 gaited Saddlebreds at Rock Creek, which is the oldest riding club in the country. You told me I was a lot like you, since I was forced to take care of my moms father, my moms mother, and recently my own ailing mother. You told me to stay strong,especially because I was a nurse, it was no surprise that I would be the one in my family to be left to take care of everything. I tried to visit you in Florida the past 3 years, but you had moved. My older brother, your nephew, is now a hospital administrator in Indiana, and runs a large medical center. I have 2 daughters, ages 16 and 20, and my brother has 3 children, a dtr, who is 22, a son who is 20, and another son who is 18. My mother tells me I am the only one in the family that resembles you, and acts like you, a sweet and caring person who never complains about anything and is always there to lend a hand to anyone who asks her for help. I am proud that I am your niece, and my grandfather's grand-daughter. I regret all the years and time that I have lost with my grandparents, uncles,aunts and cousins. I know you are in heaven looking out for us, because my mother told me you had a heart of gold. Rest in Peace, Aunt Sherry, and know that you are loved by your family, your friends, and all those who were lucky enough to have you in their lives.
LaNita Annie Wade Oleson,BSN,RN
an accomplished nurse, board certified in 5 medical specialties, including on