May 14, 2009
I'm still alive!
That seems like a strange thing to say, since I obviously couldn't have written this if I wasn't, but if I was superstitious I might be surprised by that fact. Why? Let's look at a little background...

On May 13, 1999 my father passed away a few months after being diagnosed with inoperable cancer.
On May 13, 2004 my sister passed away after being in a coma for two days due to brain damage caused by an adverse reaction to anti rejection medication for a kidney transplant. This was 5 years to the day after the death of my father.

So, on May 13, 2009 it was wondered if the "family curse" would continue. This reminds me of a curse supposedly put on by an indian that the president elected every 20 years would die in office. Sure enough, that's what happened, all the way through John F Kennedy elected in 1960.

In 1980 Ronald Reagan was elected, when he was shot a few weeks into his term it seemed like yet another round of the curse. Then, much to some people's surprise, he recovered and served out two terms. The "curse" was broken!

And so, 10 years after my father's death, 5 years after my sister's death, our family curse is broken. It appears that this conincidence was just that, a coincidence. And, just as the president elected in 2000 didn't die in office either, I am sure that no great tragedy will befall my family on May 13, 2014.

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