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Cindy Sheehan: Soul Survivor, Last Campaign Of Miller Sisters – OpEd

This photo was taken on Christmas Eve just 29 days before my sister Dede Miller passed away.

I was only 11 months older than was she, so our parents always got us matching pjs for Xmas.

I suspected Christmas 2016 would be Dede’s last, so I got us matching jammies and took this final photo with her. She loved the pjs so much, but the gesture even better.

Dede was my blood-sister, but also so much more. My marriage came and went; children come and go and come and go and come and go; but Dede was always there for me. During the highs and lows of being the “Face of the antiwar movement” when many people abandoned the cause and abandonded me: Dede was always there.

When I was planning for her cremation and her memorial, I kept thinking, “this would be so much easier for me if Dede were here.”

The two years I was Dede’s main caregiver and support-person and the 10 days she was in hospice before she died were very tough for me, but there were moments filled with love and grace and I learned so much about cancer, the Cancer Industrial Complex, and about my relationship with my soul-sister.

While I will be hopefully increasing the reach of the Soapbox and working with many people in the true resistance against Empire, I am also planning on writing a book about Dede and especially our final journey together tentatively titled: “Soul Survivor: The Last Campaign of the Miller Sisters.”


About the Author

Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan is an American anti-war activist whose son, Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed during his service in the Iraq War by the Mehdi Army on April 4, 2004. She attracted national and international media attention in August 2005 for her extended anti-war protest at a makeshift camp outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch — a stand which drew both passionate support and angry criticism. More of her writings can be found at Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox: Writing from the Emprire.

2 Comments on "Cindy Sheehan: Soul Survivor, Last Campaign Of Miller Sisters – OpEd"

  1. So sorry about your sister. She must have been a wonderful person to stand by your side through all the tribulations you went through in your fight for justice and answers. We don’t hear much about you these days but I will never forget your strength.

  2. My sincere condolences for your loss, Cindy.

    I once met you at a peace rally in Los Angeles and recall you as being so gracious and kind, despite how fresh your loss was at the time:

    http://articles.latimes.com/2005/oct/09/local/me-march9

    I admired then and still admire your courage and strength. Peace be to you in this difficult time.

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