For those who didn’t receive the Winter 2009 issue of the CdLS Foundation newsletter, Reaching Out, there was a great story about a college student named Ruth and her relationship with her sister Blair, who has CdLS. Below is an excerpt from the story:
When Ruth from Texas applied to Texas A&M University, she was required to write an essay describing the person who has most influenced her life. “I knew I had to write about my sister Blair because she has been a huge part of my life that shaped who I am today,” Ruth says.
Blair, now 24, has CdLS. While Ruth is the younger sibling, she grew up with the responsibility of helping her parents care for Blair. In her essay, Ruth explained that she didn’t always appreciate how special her sister was until Blair moved away from home.
The saying goes, “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” When I was younger, I thought the saying only applied to material objects. It was not until my sister, Blair, moved away that I realized that the most important things in life are not necessarily tangible.
Ruth admits that growing up with a sibling with CdLS is full of challenges.
Although I loved my sister’s spirit and silliness, I would often become aggravated and annoyed with her unceasing dependence. Instead of going out with my friends, I would have to stay home and watch her.
Despite these challenges, once Blair moved to a group home at age 18, Ruth learned that her sister influenced her life in many ways . . .
To read the complete story, click here and scroll down to page 8.
Ruth is just one of the many “super siblings” out there! If you have a special “Super Siblings” story to share, please email communications@CdLSusa.org. A new “Super Siblings” article will be featured in each issue of Reaching Out.
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