Not everyone grows up with siblings, but people who do know the love and challenges that come along with it. Sure, they might steal your things, or rat you out when you miss curfew, but brothers and sisters are part of what makes us who we are. It’s almost impossible to imagine life without them.
Just two days after her twin sister’s death, 19-year-old Sabrina Puckett took to the popular photo-sharing network imgur to memorialize her sister. In a post titled “A Photo of You for Every Year You Got to Live,” Sabrina shared 19 photos that serve as a true testament to the bond they shared, and the beautiful person her sister was.
Under the very first image was this absolutely heartbreaking caption: “You died this morning, August 2, 2016. You were just 19 years old.” The photo itself was of a beautiful young woman whose name is Elizabeth Caitlin Puckett. According to her twin, she preferred to be called, Caitlin.
Sabrina goes on to say that Caitlin passed away after a long battle with leukemia. “You kicked cancer’s ass four times since 2011, but you were also so tired,” Sabrina writes to her sister in the post.
The two girls shared a bond like no other, growing up by each other’s sides in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Caitlin received treatment at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger for the last five years.
In her post, Sabrina processes her immediate emotions over Caitlin’s death by highlighting everything that made her sister so special and loved. In the most loving, tender and sibling-like manner, Sabrina was able to recognize just 19 incredible things about Caitlin that will be missed.
She posted pictures that show everything from the perfectly photogenic moments to the oh-so silly and real memories. “We were twins, even if sometimes people didn’t believe us. And I never imagined having to live life without you.”
Caitlin’s cancer meant that hospitalizations and treatments separated the girls on many occasions. Sabrina reflects on their high school graduation, which happened a year apart. Instead of walking together in 2015, Caitlin graduated in 2016. “You graduated…a whole year behind me. But I’d never seen a whole stadium give a standing applause like the one they gave you,” Sabrina wrote.
Her post has gone viral after being shared by multiple media outlets, and viewed on her imgur account more than 500,000 times.
Sabrina plans to carry her sister’s spirit with her for the rest of her life, and she knows that Caitlin’s legacy will live on. Their family has started a Go Fund Me on Caitlin’s behalf, with the goal of contributing to the charity Lana’s Love and the hospital that took care of Caitlin.