We took a trip home to see some of my family this weekend, including Dr. Sister Margaret Mary, aka my auntie, who is hands-down one of the most incredible people I’ve ever met. If anyone who’s been burned by the church needs some love from a monastic, I’ve found your nun. This weekend was Aunt Margaret’s Diamond Jubilee, which means it’s been 70 YEARS (!!!!) since she took vows to join the Order of Saint Francis. She’d never brag about herself, so I will 💁🏽♀️. Aunt Margaret has devoted almost her entire adult life to working for advances in medicine, & for equity in healthcare & education. She was the first woman to receive a doctorate degree in Clinical Microbiology. She founded a university Microbiology Department and even wrote a textbook, which I only found out about this weekend when I asked about her doctoral program. Then she said, “I’d show you my diplomas, but I threw them away years ago.” My eyes must’ve bugged out of my head, but she just shrugged & said, “I don’t need them to do what I do. I work in the field, of course, but I don’t need diplomas to do my most important work. All I need is to be somebody to somebody.” She spends her “free” time participating in clinical research & sitting in hospitals with patients during various treatments or surgeries - all while battling cancer for most of her own life. I asked her several months ago if she attributed anything to her ability to still do so much, despite decades of metastatic cancer, treatments, & surgeries. Is it her prayer life? Medical innovation? Sheer force of will? She said, “I don’t know, but I figure as long as I’m able to do things, I’m going to continue doing them. As long God allows me to get up in the morning, I’m going to go out to love & care for others because that’s what I’m here for. Why stop now?” Y’all 😭 she & her Sisters are out here fighting for everything from equity in education to anti-racism to demilitarization of the borders. She has been such an amazing ally and support to me & Alexis, and to all my other family. “If you can be who God really made you to be,” she says, “what a blessing & a miracle that is!” Happy Jubilee Auntie!!🙌🏽💕 I’m so glad we could celebrate!!