I love you so much. You came into my life when I was five years old. I remember being so excited that you were born and I would tell everyone that my mom just had a baby. I didn’t find out that you had Down syndrome until a long time from then. No one ever explained it to me and I don’t even remember how I found out. I know I was around 10 when my sister and I found out about Down syndrome and she took it harder and than me, which could’ve been avoided if someone would’ve explained it to us.
I do not think that you know the effect you have on my life. Everything that I do is literally for you. College and taking care of you was hard. I had to skip class a lot to be with you (and for mom) for medical appointments and stuff. But the struggle was always worth it. You have taught me so me so much. If it weren’t for you I would never be working in the disability community like I’m now.
Joel, you have shaped me to be patient.(even though I can still lose my temper.) You have shaped me into a stronger person. There have been times that you have broken my heart and tested your limits, but love always remains. You have shaped me to be the person I am today.
You have brought so much happiness to my life. Life with you is fun and full of adventures. I love taking you to new places and watching you explore. I love seeing you interact with people and try to hold conversations. You are so friendly and kind to the people you come across. (Especially babies and girls.) I love how you always try to use chop sticks even though you can’t. I love to see you progress in your speech and in other skills. I above all, I just love you! I will continue to fight for you and care for you forever. You are the best part of life. Being your sister is my favorite role in life.
Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month!