Many people don’t know what it is like to be a sibling of an autistic child, so here I want to share my personal experience and tell them more about my brother who has this awful disease. His name is Patrick, and I strongly believe that his brain is brilliant and his personality is priceless. His mind works in its unique ways that are hard to understand by others. He can’t fit the norms set by the society, so many of his amazing skills remain unappreciated by most people only because my sibling has autism.
However, he offers me a unique life because I get used to growing up with someone whose needs are more important than mind. My acceptance of this fact took a bit longer than I personally wanted. When it comes to other people, some of them look strange of Patrick, and my friends also feel uncomfortable when he accompanies us. Those people who have siblings who are disabled, they feel a lot of pressure to compensate for it. That’s why I wanted to be the best and do only good things in my life.
For example, I wanted to be a good student, an athlete, etc. I had such desires only because I wanted to prove my parents that they are good and worthy. To be a sibling of a child with autism means that every day is crazy and unpredictable because you never known what to expect. Your life can be chaotic and stressful, but you will love your sibling, no matter what. I have to deal with many anxieties and emotions that are not common for teens of my age, only because my brother is autistic.
I used to ask many questions in the past because I simply didn’t understand that my sibling is different. Why do people keep starring at him? What do they say? You can both love and hate your autistic sibling at the same time because most people are overwhelmed with this fact at first, but it’s their normal reaction.
Everything that people gain in this life is their irreplaceable and valuable experiences that shape them. So, being a sibling of an autistic child made me stronger, more independent, and caring, so now I know the true meaning of love, patience, and family. When we both were quite small, doctors informed that Patrick would never speak, but I always wanted to know what he felt when screaming and crying. I had to grow up very early because I needed to look after my autistic brother, but I can’t imagine my life without him because he is its important part, regardless of his serious diagnosis and symptoms.
Many people don’t know what it is like to be a sibling of an autistic child, so here I want to share my personal experience and tell them more about my brother who has this awful disease. His name is Patrick, and I strongly believe that his brain is brilliant and his personality is priceless. His mind works in its unique ways that are hard to understand by others.