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Growing up I was never close to my younger sister Nikki In fact we despised each other We constantly bickered and fought about every little thing It wasnt until my sophomore year of high school when she was hospitalized and when my friend Kiras younger sister was kidnapped that I realized how important sisters truly are Towards the end of the summer before my sophomore year of high school my family and I began to notice several changes in my sister emotionally and physically She became overly irritable and was obsessive compulsive about working out and cleaning things The most significant change we noticed in Nikki was the fact that she had almost completely stopped eating My already tiny size two one hundred and five pound sister was beginning to slowly get thinner and thinner Talking to her about it was next to impossible She would get upset and scream and yell telling us that she didnt have a problem and that we were overreacting She refused to see a doctor and my family was becoming more and more concerned and scared We didnt know what to do Finally after withering away to almost eighty pounds my sister agreed to get some help Because of her extreme conditions she was hospitalized for eight weeks Those eight weeks were the hardest weeks of her life The doctors would give her food and she would pretend to eat it but later flush it down the toilet when no one was in the room Eventually they caught on to what she was doing and put her on a feeding tube While this was going on Nikki became so malnourished that she almost died several times This was an enormous wakeup call for me I never would have thought in a million years that my younger sister could die so young It never even crossed my mind Not even eight months later my friend Kiras younger sister Leah was
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