I have cerebral palsy spastic diplegia. So it affects my legs and sometimes my fine motor skills. I walk with two canes. I do things a little slower, but I get things done.
I can offer a dual perspective because I have a twin sister who is non-communicative and a quadriplegic. She has a third of her brain. So I believe that puts her in the two to three year old range. But she's a very happy person. She's very perceptive. If she doesn't like you, you'll know.
It was difficult for me to accept the fact that I had a disability, because when I looked at my sister, I saw myself and that was really, really difficult for me. And it took me a very long time to accept who I was. I wanted to be like everyone else.
I have an older brother who's 37. If you have a brother or sister with disabilities, you might feel as though you need to take on a role of a parent instead of a friend. But eventually, especially in my family, as you grow older and you both come into your own, you become friends. And that's a great feeling.
"As you grow older and you both come into your own, you become friends."