hmmmm, I pop and so much has happened.
Meeting your neice will be a big step for you, and I am pleased that you have taken this step, I would say, and Im not a great person to advise, that your brother never stopped loving you, its just bitterness stopped him feeling it. I would have thought that your niece heard the good and the bad and made the decision based on her thoughts that she is now an adult and can make her own decisions. I also guess that the things heard were mainly good as this has prompted her to get in contact. After all, if all she had heard was bad, then she would shy away from anything like this.
Your friend, I agree this needs careful consideration, however the good in me says that everyone deserves a chance.
When I read this post, I looked at her addiction and theought of me, I dont have a drug addiction, but i did have a food addiction, and after many many many failed attempts I beat that, would drugs be similar, I dunno, but If she is out and clean, and strong enough to keep clean it may be nice to see her again, however, I think caution is the key, why not try and get an email address and chat though that to help you make your mind up, I think you must be a very good judge of character and would be able to judge a little from that. Mindless analogy is great, and Im just not as articulate, and lookng back on what I have just posted, I hope that i havent baffled you!!!!!!!! One last thing, I am a firm believer in fate, what ever will be will be. If this person is meant to be in your life right now, she will be x