A Hug from Heaven

Submitted by Joe Bach December 2009 During Joe’s time in the military he was provided an opportunity that he never really had growing up. There were 12 years between himself and his older sister, Maggie, and because of this age difference they never truly developed a close relationship. Maggie had moved out of the house while Joe was still a young boy. At one point she had even lived in Alaska. It wasn’t until she moved to Yuma, Arizona that their relationship starting taking off. Stationed in San Diego, Joe was finally able to see and talk to his sister on a much more frequent basis. Eventually they ended up with only 50 miles between them. Maggie had moved to Los Angeles and Joe lived just 50 miles north of there. As their bond continued to grow Joe realized that Maggie was not just his older sister. She had become his best friend and closest confidant. Over the years Joe enjoyed the many phone calls from his sister. Always eager to hear what was going on with Maggie, this particular call was one he would never forget. Joe found himself devastated as she revealed the terrible news. Maggie said that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Trying to be strong for his sister, it wasn’t until he hung up the phone that the emotions raced through his body. Disbelief turned to anger, then to frustration. The Frustration of loving someone so much and knowing there is absolutely nothing you can do to take such a burden away from them. Sadness overcame him and all he could do was...