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  • You were a cutie pie in your velvet dress as we pushed you in that ancient pram down the Arbroath high street.

    I loved coming back home to see all the new babies in our family. It made me feel connected to the place I should have called home, but more often than not felt extremely disconnected from.

    As we grew up, and got on with our lives, we grew apart. Now we're much older. I'm 33. You just turned 21.

    And life has interrupted your plans. You've had to postpone celebrations and put off your nursing degree for six months because of the lumps that have started showing up on your body.

    Of all the people I've ever known, I wouldn't have thought this could happen to you. The big C.

    I wish I was closer so I could come visit you and prove that you're in my thoughts. Thankfully, I know that the family will be swarming round you as you go in for your first chemo treatment today.

    They will be full of love and jokes, tears and support, as they muddle their way through this detour life has thrown you.

    As for me, I'll be sitting here at my desk remembering why I should seize the moment, live in the present and stick to my dreams. For life is full of detours and we never know what could happen next so, there's no point in wasting time escaping from the life you're supposed to be living.

    I know this is going to be a rough journey and I hope your nursing experience helps you through. I wish you all the best and hope that you have a speedy recovery.

    I'll be thinking of you every step of the way.

    I love you cousin.
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