Today we have the treat of guest poster Nikki, big sister to Brett. There is truly nothing like the sibling bond. Learning and growing together.
My brother Brett is one of the brightest lights in my life. He came into this world 26 years ago and as a 6-year-old girl, I wasn’t sure what to expect when my parents shared his diagnosis. But, we all leaned in and embraced him as the newest member of our family. We learned sign language to communicate with him when he wasn’t quite ready to speak. We were patient as he went through frustrations with daily tasks. We supported him and found programs that would help him thrive. But mostly, we loved him as he was and is – a special gift for our family and this world.
He has taught me patience, kindness, optimism and seeing the best in people. He has a true zest for life and a spirit that is contagious. He is my rock – he grounds me and reminds me of what’s truly important in this life. He reminds me to “stop and smell the roses”. He has taught me to be fearless and try new things, while also not being so worried about what other people think. He has shown me how to love unconditionally. His hugs have the power to make any day brighter. His smile lights up every room he walks into. He has had such a profound impact on my life and I can truly say that I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without his love, light, and laughter in my life. He makes me want to do better, be better, love harder and advocate for acceptance and kindness.
I also couldn’t be more thankful that he (and the rest of my family) found GiGi’s Playhouse. This special place has provided a community of love and support that my entire family cannot get enough of. This special place has helped Brett achieve his true potential and so much personal happiness and fulfillment. For that, and for him, I am eternally grateful.
Thank you, Nikki, for sharing! We would love to hear from more of you and share your story, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.