5 things my brother’s Autism stole from me

1. Ordinance

I always wanted a sibling. When my brother came along I projected into a future where we would talk about everything, he would be my best friend, and he would be someone that understood me. When he was diagnosed all those fantasies disappeared. I realised I would never sit down and have a conversation with my brother, I would never get a text from him, I would never be able to share funny stories with him; his autism robbed me of the blessing of having an ‘ordinary’ sibling.

Instead, autism gave me an extraordinary one. Autism gave me a 5 year-old that looked to me for word pronunciation; an 8-year-old that would lie in bed with me for hours laughing and hiding under the covers; a 10-year-old who would come to me for help with a difficult Pokemon level; a teenager that still watches Disney films with me and tells me to shush when I sing; a brother who misses me and wants the date I go back to Cyprus on his calendar.

Autism may have robbed my brother’s speech but my brother loves me with actions instead of words, and that’s a privilege.

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