For those who have been part of my life for a while now, know my mom passed away from the dreaded C word. Cancer. Cancer is something that runs through my family and it is horrible. Not something that anyone ever strives to have in their family genes.
My aunt, although not blood related, also got cancer a couple months after my mom passed away. Her journey was short and she lost her battle on December 02, 2017.
I haven’t said anything on social media or actually reached out too much to my family for various reasons. Loosing two of the people you look up to within a year is really hard. It feels like your gut has been twisted and gutted like a fish. It’s horrible.
My Tannie (which is an Afrikaans word for Aunt) was my role model. She was there for all the big things, taught me that hard work pays off and that love conquers everything. I would visit her and my uncle pretty much every holiday while I was a kid. They lived about 7 hours away and I would either fly or take the bus to them.
My aunt was in my life from the time I was about 8 years old as she was my uncles second wife but that never, for one minute made me love her less. She was a superhero. She made the best food and she always made sure that people were loved and taken care of even when it was not reciprocated.
She taught me that even when you’re not doing anything for the day, get up, get ready and see where life takes you. She always got up early and put so much effort into looking good, something I admire! She also taught me to articulate my words and always look at someone when I am talking to. Why? because she was partly deaf and she always laughed about it!
I love her and although I always was so far and I never got to say my goodbyes to her because of all my travelling, I always made sure I sent her messages, letting her know that I loved her and I was praying for her.
So tannie, on your birthday; the first one I can’t call you on. I just want to tell you how much I love you. How much I miss you and how much you have made a difference in my life. Thank you for being the best damn supporter there ever was!!