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She’s Stuck Between Her Dream of Becoming a Physician and Saving Her Sister’s Life, but a Heart-Wrenching Decision Has Her Questioning Her Choice.

The Original Poster (OP) finds herself grappling with an impossible choice: to safeguard her inheritance, intended for her future medical studies, or to succumb to her sister’s pleas to fund her chronically ill husband’s surgery. As the drama unfolds, OP must navigate through guilt trips, emotional manipulation, and the risk of damaging her relationship with her sister forever.

The Loss of a Father

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OP and her older sister faced a major life change with the death of their sole parent. In the wake of their father’s passing, each inherited a substantial amount of money intended to support them in their future endeavors.

A Tale of Two Inheritances

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While OP chose to save her inheritance for her dream of paying for medical school and becoming a doctor, her older sister used her portion for luxuries like new cars and a home renovation. The sisters’ vastly different approaches to their inheritances started to become a source of tension. OP moved in with her aunt while finishing college due to her brother-in-law’s opposition to having her stay with the couple.

The Shadow of Illness

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The sister’s husband suffered from a chronic illness, causing him to be in and out of the hospital with heart problems. His condition worsened, eventually requiring costly surgery. Despite his ill health, he had previously mocked their father’s illness, leading OP to distance herself from her sister’s family.

Unsettling Visits

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OP’s sister started visiting frequently, often venting about her husband’s medical condition. She would bring up OP’s inheritance, but OP would quickly change the subject. The mention of the inheritance money during these visits added a layer of discomfort to their interactions.

The Ask

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Eventually, OP’s sister directly asked her for financial help with her husband’s surgery, promising to repay within a year. OP felt uneasy about this request, suspecting her sister wouldn’t be able to repay the money in time for OP’s school application. OP quotes, “I felt I was risking my future.”

The Refusal

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OP decided to refuse her sister’s request, prioritizing her dream of becoming a doctor. This decision ignited a major conflict between the sisters. OP’s refusal caused her sister to break down, accusing OP of being heartless and cruel.

The Accusations

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In her upset, the sister claimed her husband’s health should be OP’s priority over her education. She attempted to guilt OP, asking if she wanted her to be a widow and her nephew fatherless. This emotional manipulation deepened the rift between the sisters.

The Silent Aunt

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Their aunt, who had been a neutral party, suggested that other family members should contribute to the surgery costs. However, most of the family had distanced themselves from the sister and her husband due to previous conflicts. The aunt warned OP of potentially permanent damage to her relationship with her sister if she refused to help.

The Guilt Trip

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After the confrontation, the sister began sending OP pictures and messages of her family, implying that OP was denying them a happy and healthy life. OP quotes, “She’s been sending texts and pictures of her family telling me this is what I was saying no to, a happy, healthy family with a healthy husband and father.” This was a clear attempt to guilt OP into changing her decision.


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The sister’s actions caused OP to question her own decision. She felt guilt and selfishness for not helping her sister’s family. OP was torn between her own future and the immediate needs of her sister’s family.

A Friend’s Advice

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OP confided in a friend about the situation, seeking advice. The friend suggested that the sister and her husband should sell their luxuries to afford the surgery. He also warned OP, “If you give them money, you’ll never get it back and may not be able to afford medical school.”

Was The Woman’s Choice Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “You won’t ever see that money again, and you’ll lose your chance to go to college and be debt-free.”

Another Viewpoint

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Another responder wrote: “Your sister is manipulating you. She received the same money you did. If her husband is chronically ill, then they should have saved that money for his care instead of spending it on luxury items.”

A Different Perspective

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A different person states, “She doesn’t care about you or your future, only your inheritance. Just because you didn’t blow it like she did.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

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