Irma Ciber is not only my sister, nor a strong and ambitious person, but she is my mother figure. Growing up, coming from a war torn country, losing our mother to kidney failure from third degree burns at the age of 9 and 3, and being shifted from one country (Bosnia) to another (Italy) by ourselves, she was always my rock. From being placed in a hospital due to 3rd degree burns, with no family members around nor the ability to speak Italian, to being adopted by total strangers, never did I have to worry if we were going to be okay because I knew my sister would find a way.
Two and half years later, we found ourselves as refugees in Fargo, North Dakota, to be closer to our maternal family and to be reunited with our father, who had been a soldier through the Civil War in Bosnia.
My sister was the only one I could rely on, being 6 years younger than her, she was my idol and that mother figure that I needed. You may wonder how she managed to do it all being young herself? Well, my sister is that golden character. It’s because of her can-do attitude that she managed to pull through while making sure that I was taken care of.
Irma has gone through a lot of burdens in her life and yet without much guidance, she ended up graduating with Bachelors in Business Administration from North Dakota State University. She is looking to further her degree and go back to attain her Masters in Hospital Management.
She currently works for a non-profit organization, Family HealthCare Center, a community health center that serves those who are uninsured, underinsured, homeless, or those that are in need of a medical home. She is an amazing mother to her two year old daughter, Lamya, and I know that once Lamya grows up into a young lady, my sister will be her idol as well.
She had managed to move mountains her whole life and those were just a few examples. She has witnessed a lot and nothing stopped her or is stopping her from succeeding and bettering herself and her family. She is a beautiful person inside and out! Did I forget to mention that she always has a smile on her face? Dijana.