I remember the date of her birth very well we were so excited, my brother and I had a 50p bet (big money those days) on whether we would have a new brother or a new sister …. I won (I always win)
My sister loved playing music and was a talented singer. She sang professionally in choirs, bands, TV and with recording artists, won talent competitions and travelled the world. She used the talents that she was given to best effect.
My sister was a single parent who had her daughter at 19, she was an inspirational single mother who worked hard to own her own home and started a career in social care to support her family while still pursuing her dreams in music.
Her breast cancer diagnosis in October 2000 came as a shock , I am still shocked. She was so young and the cancer was so aggressive. I am a nurse by trade and you see another side to the NHS when a family member is ill. The Macmillan and hospice nurses made me proud of my profession.
My sister was courageous during her illness. Postive , brave, never giving up hope, despite her terminal prognosis , living what remained of her life with courage and optimism which continues be an inspiration to me today
Amanda sadly passed away on the 24th of August 2003 at Hayward house Nottingham City hospital. She was 26yrs old. I miss her every day.
My memories of my sister are that she enjoyed every moment of her life and grabbed every opportunity it gave to her with both hands.
She was ambitious and entrepreneurial and also generous kind and caring. She loved to travel and enjoyed new experiences. She worked hard and was able to buy a house in Beeston which she loved. She adored the latest fashions and never left the house without looking on point.
We liked to laugh together and we shared a sense of the ridiculous a love of comedy and comedy clubs, she loved the Simpsons, Family Guy which are still going strong. She loved gadgets and reality shows. She would have loved what they have done with Big Brother.
She was the first person I knew to have a laptop. So I know that she would have been very into Facebook , Twitter, X Factor and IPhones if she were with us today so my personal interest in those things is obviously on her behalf, well that’s what I tell people I believe it is what she would have wanted.
My sister. was a kind and honest person, ( sometimes to the point of rudeness) a gifted singer and songwriter, choir director and leader, a loving daughter, mother and sister. She was a loyal and supportive friend.
I know that my sisters death gave me the to leave my marriage , get divorced and pursue my dreams in the knowledge that life is short and that its best to do what you have to do and live you life with no regrets.
Twelve year.seems like a long time yet not a day goes past without me thinking of her.
I remember her not with sadness but with love, admiration, affection and joy and give thanks for the gifts she left to me , aspiration, inspiration, motivation and hope.
Till the next time