My Sister Is My Role Model.

Anyone who knows me will tell you my younger sister is the world to me. Nary a moment goes by where I’m not recanting all the wonderous things about Lesli or pimpin’ her live gigs & CDs. Nobody impresses me more or pushes me to be a better person than her. It’s odd to think of considering I’m the older sibling and I should be the one blazing a trail of greatness.

That’s never really been the case. Sure I’m good, but Lesli is DAMN good. Which is why I was pissed as hell to find out several months ago she had contracted Multiple Sclerosis. You may recall I asked for petition help releasing a new MS drug back in April. At the time I did not expand upon the issue because Lesli was keeping it private. She told me she didn’t want to be known as the “Musician with MS”, thinking her illness would overshadow her talent. Well, I was the first to tell her nothing can overshadow her rock star coolness.

The worst thing about my sister’s MS is that it affects her hands. Can you imagine that? Sometimes she can walk, but she’s unable to use her hands. I pray every night for her. I pray that enough people will have a chance to witness her God given musical talent before it’s stolen from her. I would trade places with her in a second if I could.

Lesli recently made public her fight with the disease. I never doubted for a moment that my sister would make some sort of impact on the world. This current challenge only strengthens my belief in her.

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  • Charles Gaba August 4, 2004   Reply →

    Oh jeez…please send your sister well-wishes, prayers, and/or whatever other positive thoughts might be helpful on behalf of Elisabeth and myself.

    And have a few for yourself and the rest of your family.

    MS sucks, bigtime 🙁

    Oh, and I’ve signed the petition as well.

  • Joe August 4, 2004   Reply →

    Hi A.J. you sister is all heart! I understand the admeration you have for her. She is a fighter!

  • Ryan Christie August 5, 2004   Reply →

    I have a cousin with MS. He started having problems with it in his late 20s. The doctor thinks it was brought on by insane levels of stress from him trying to get through graduate college and vetinary school. I’m not sure how severe his is, but it can’t be that bad. Even with it being a light MS case, it still sucks and has impacted our whole family. MS seems to target the sucessful people and cripple them. My regards to your sis and the rest of your family at this time AJ. Keep truckin you crazy Texan.

  • Bittel August 11, 2004   Reply →

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! w00t w00t.

  • motorcitybadkitty August 13, 2004   Reply →

    I’m sorry to hear about your sister having MS, but she seems like one hell of a strong chick, she will no doubt still rock the world.

    I checked our her website, and I like what I see/hear so far. Where is she based … Seattle? I am a music publicist (I keep work separate from my blog, usually) and have a lot of contacts, including a couple out there. If I can pass any on or put in a good word for her anywhere, just let me know.

    (BTW, thanks for the link.)

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