Matthew is Julie’s 16 year old son and he wanted to share his thoughts this month.
My name is Matthew and I am 16 years old. My brother’s name is Nick and he is 23 years old. Nick was born with Cerebral Palsy and I’ve had the honor to call him my brother. Living with a brother who has special needs has taught me a lot of life lessons. From the memories of us laughing and having fun at the park, to the memories of the trips to the hospital, living with Nick has been a joy ride with lots of ups and downs.
Being the only other son besides Nick in the family, I’ve had to take on the role of the “older brother” (despite actually being the youngest child). I’ve taken a lot of responsibility not just for Nick but also for around the house in general. I get Nick off his dayhab van, some nights I tuck him in bed. We sometimes just like to lay in the living room and watch movies together. I help my mom a lot around the house since we always have way more laundry than average families. My mom and dad both work and I can see how hard it is for them to do everything plus take care of Nick. Sometimes they need a break and I feel bad that they don’t get one. (click here to read more)