Saturday, June 27, 2009

My Sister's Keeper

Prom weekend, March 2006

I went to see My Sister's Keeper last night. I wanted to test my emotional balance.

Surprisingly, I did better than I thought I would.
There were parts of the movie that made me feel very sad.
The scene where they showed a spinal tap.
The day I met Kelly for the very first time she had a spinal tap done that morning. She made Koolaid for Laura and Adam that afternoon.

I felt so sad that so much of her childhood was lost fighting this disease. So much was taken from her.
The prom scenes.
One of my most special memories of Kelly was prom weekend during her junior year.
The picture of Kelly and me on this blog, on Facebook, on Twitter were taken that weekend.
She looked so beautiful, so happy, so healthy.
I am so grateful to my son, Adam for giving me that memory of her. Adam and Kelly went to prom together that year.
Adam can get up and sing on stage and not feel the least bit nervous. He was nervous that night as he twirled Kelly at the promenade on the stage at her high school.
Nine months later her cancer returned after almost a 5 year remission.
There was a relapse in the movie, chemo treatments, losing her hair.
Some of the movie was hard to watch.
This hits to close to home. Trista just lost her hair from her chemo treatments.
The love interest. Did Kelly have a chance to have that? I know there was a boy she liked.
The toll on the family. Cancer didn't just impact Kelly.
Bone marrow aspiration's.
The scrap booking scenes. The last time I saw Kelly she showed me the scrapbook she was working on. Did she get to finish it?
In movies you can tie up the ending nicely.
Life isn't quite as tidy.


  1. I read the book and cried like a huge baby. I'm not sure I even want to see the movie, I'm afraid it won't be nearly as good as the book!!

  2. Heather,

    Movies are rarely as good as the book. I bought the book and am going to read it. Kind of the reverse way to do it. We will have to compare notes if you go to the movie.

  3. That is my favorite Picoult novel. I have an autographed copy. (Yes, I was the girl hyperventilating and crying before meeting her.)

    I had a tough time watching the film. I sobbed through most of it (needed a good cry, so perhaps it was exactly what the doctor ordered! LOL!)

    Ross, the ending in the movie was very tidy. And not at all like the book's ending, which I didn't like either.

    I'm glad I saw it, though. Probably won't see it again, but will definitely read the book again (I've only read it three times!)

  4. I guess the ending in the movie was a bit too tidy for me. I have often times wondered about the scrap booking Kelly was working on. Where did that end up?

    I have the book sitting on my end table, but haven't been able to crack it open yet.

    I hope I can actually read an entire book. I have so many unfinished books right now...

  5. I wonder if you would finish mine...