A Sibling’s View
Nineteen years ago, my first brother, Jack, was born. At just three years old, I happily welcomed this new little boy into our family.
From the age of one Jack had to wear hearing aids in both ears. I grew up accustomed to regular hospital visits and having to adjust how we spoke to him.
I wrote this wanting to tell people about how I’ve coped and how I dealt with it, but I’ve realised all you really need to do is support your sibling and treat them like everyone else; not like they’re different. It’s hard sometimes, watching people look at him because he’s different. When you see someone you love being judged by strangers you feel very protective of them. I don’t view him as being different. He’s just my brother.
Written by Ayisha, Jack’s sister, when she was 14 years old