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23 Honest Confessions About Growing Up With A Sibling Who Has A Disability
Sibling relationships can be complicated. Sometimes there is some competition; who is the good kid? Who is mom's favorite? But what if your sibling has a disability? Does this change the family dynamic? What about the sibling relationship? Read on for 23 real life confessions about growing up with a sibling who has a disability.

Growing up with a sibling with disabilities isn't always easy.

1
My younger siblings had learning disabilities as I had to grow up fast to help look after them. I never shared any of my problems because I didn't want to add to my parents' worries.

People often make sacrifices for the sake of their sibling.

2
My older sister has a mental disability and growing up she needed a lot more attention from our mom. I'll never have our mom's attention like she did.

This can put a strain on their relationship with their parents.

3
Growing up all my mom did was praise and cater to my disabled sister's every need. I'm 24 now and she's always crying that we don't have a relationship. 
What did she think would happen?!
4
My brother and mother are disabled. I feel terrible, but sometimes I wish I had a normal family so I could live my own life.

Or their personal relationships.

5
I feel like growing up with a sibling who has a physical disability messed me up in the head. I didn't get the attention I needed and now I'm clingy in all my relationships.

Or even the relationship with their sibling.

6
My sister has a permanent disabling mental illness. I didn't like her before she got sick. Now what am I supposed to do?
7
I'm very defensive and protective of my big sister. she's mentally disabled but you can't tell by looking at her so people think she's just loud and obnoxious. I'm secretly so embarrassed by her.

Some people have to step up and look after the family when nobody else can.

8
I finally applied for food stamps.I've been working since 15,2 jobs for 7.25h supporting a family of 5 (disabled parents, disabled sister and little brother).I feel terrible about needing assistance but I couldn't go on feeding just jelly and bread to my brother.

These people are thrown into adulthood before they are ready.

9
Because my brother has a disability I had to grow up faster but sometimes I just want to be a kid and make mistakes

Sometimes they feel like they're missing out on a traditional sibling dynamic.

10
Growing up with a disabled sister was super tough. Sometimes I wish I'd had an older sister to look up to and do girly things with. I was way closer to my brother instead.
11
The worst thing about my sister's disability is not being able to talk to her about anything more serious than cartoons

They fear that their siblings won't be treated fairly by others.

12
I'm so so scared that my youngest sister is going to get bullied because of her disability

They just want them to have a happy life.

13
My sister is mentally disabled and sometimes I want to cry because I know she'll never have the independent life that she wants, even though she's my big sister I will love her and keep her safe.
14
My sister is disabled; can't walk, talk, do anything for herself. It breaks my heart because I feel so helpless but her smile is the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen in my life. I love her so much.

And they love their siblings no matter what.

15
My little sister was born with what we call "disabilities"

She's still the most awesome kid I've ever had a tea party with 🙂
16
I have a sister who is disabled. when I was younger I hated explaining it to people, but as I've gotten older I've realized that it doesn't matter what others think. you love her no matter what.

They would do anything for them.

17
My sister is embarrassed about walking with her walker after getting hit by a car and now being disabled. So I bought one so I can walk with her to make it easy for her.

They feel inspired to help others because of what their siblings have taught them!

18
I have an autistic sister, and because of her I have made this promise. I will ALWAYS support and defend a disabled child. They are such a miracle and beautiful from the inside out.

They don't see a disability, they see a person.

19
We were fostering my brother for years and adopted him two years ago despite his autism. Today someone asked me "if you knew he was messed up why would you adopt him?" I replied with "because love doesn't see disabilities

Who else gets bedtime stories at 23?!

20
My 26 year old brother has a developmental disability and is reading me bedtime stories. I'm 23. My heart is happy.

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