The Lessons One Woman Learned From Her Sister With A Rare Disease

It’s clear in Wieder’s touching post that she admires her sister’s persistence and positivity. She wrote that Allio, who is “up against everything,” taught her to keep pushing through no matter what.

“She takes the next scary, unstable step and reaches for help one more time while still BEING KIND TO EVERYONE AROUND HER,” Wieder wrote.

Wieder told The Huffington Post she wrote the post the day after the 2016 election. She felt motivated to share how her sister “faces fear and hardship each day” and reminds her to be positive. Frank Somerville, a news anchor in California, shared the post on his Facebook page where it got more than 7,000 reactions. Wieder said Allio knows about what she wrote about her and loves seeing the impact the post has made online.

“She is so excited to know how many people are inspired by her and she loves all the comments from people cheering her on and letting her know they pray for her,” Wieder wrote.

Four years ago, Weider and Allio lost their sister Catie to Batten disease when she was 22. Their mother, Kathy Allio, said Wieder’s message reflects what she and her family have been through. 

“I think her post is beautiful and incredibly poignant,” she told HuffPost. “I believe that it spoke volumes as to the complexity of what Kelly has grown up with … two terminally ill sisters.”

Wieder said the feedback on her post has been “overwhelmingly positive,” though she’s not surprised considering her sister was involved. 

“Annie has a way of giving hope when we feel we need it most.” 

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