“She is your mirror shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness who sees you at your worst and best but loves you anyway.  She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your twin sister”

I was finally reunited with my twin sister, Rochelle, the day after my neurosurgery – my heart finally felt complete and, as always, she was able to crack a smile and giggle out of me from her extensive witty jokes. This definitely helped relieve my emotional state of shock of the extent of my neurosurgery.

Unfortunately, she had a gruelling three days sitting her first year medical exams during my surgery date – sometimes the stars don’t quite align to what you want them too. Totally not ideal timing for my family and the amount of stress for my twin to be under. Especially when she mentioned to me that her anatomy exam ended up her needing to identify different parts of the upper cervical spine of a corpse – again, I couldn’t empathise with her more as that was the exact area of my body I was having my surgery done. I mean, what are the chances ha?! I am so proud of her courage and strength to have continued her university examinations and, the last thing I would have wanted her to do was to put her dream career in jeporday by  not attending them.

Even though this was our first time ever having a physical distance between us during a major life changing event, I knew in spirit she was with me all the way.  Twins have this indescrible bond and truly, she has always been my guardian angel. She has given me the motivation and positivity to keep up the strength I need by always being by my side, that being either near or far away. I couldn’t have made it this far without her and she has been impeccable caring for me post-op.