Ariel Winter's biological mom abused her. Her Mother's Day post is important.

On Mother's Day,  actor Ariel Winter shared a touching photo of the woman who raised her — her sister, Shanelle Gray.

The two have been through a lot together.

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In 2012, the Department of Children and Family Services found evidence that Winter's biological mother had been abusive to Winter, a star on ABC's "Modern Family."

Two years and many court dates later, Gray — who helped Winter separate from her biological mom legally and emotionally — became her younger sister's legal guardian.

"Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible mothers," Winter wrote on Instagram. "I was lucky enough to have an unbelievable sister who raised me to be the woman I am today. I wouldn't be anywhere without her love and guidance. She's my rock and my best friend in the entire world."

For many people, Mother's Day can be tough. The day might bring reminders of strained relationships, feelings of desertion or abuse, or the memories of lost loved ones who aren't around to celebrate with flowers or hugs.

Winter's post is a great reminder that families — especially in these modern times — come in all different forms and sizes. We can choose the loved ones we celebrate.

And that means there's no wrong way to honor the woman or women who raised you.

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Visit AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate directly to a local charity in your community, or simply shop smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to your charity of choice.

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