自閉症とうちの弟(Autism and my little brother)

(Italian and Spanish: autismo)自閉症(read: jiheishou) is the Japanese word for autism.  I’ll be honest, I love the characters because they describe the disease quite well: self-closed-disease. Basically, autism is where interpersonal communication, something a lot of people take for granted, becomes a huge problem.

My brother was diagnosed when he was very young, possibly around 2 or 3, though I can’t recall exactly as I was quite young myself. He was diagnosed because someone at the daycare center noticed he was pushing kids around and not using words to communicate. Considering this was the early 90s and not much was known about autism, the fact anyone noticed anything out of the ordinary is impressive. More impressive would be my parents actually managing to admit to themselves something was wrong. Years of therapy later, and my brother managed to graduate with honors from a normal public high school….

My bro and his friends

I would like to think that having a brother made me a less selfish person, but sometimes I can’t help but think it made me more selfish. This disease is kind of like a double-edged sword. You learn patience and yet lose it just as quickly, especially if you are the sibling (i.e.: me). I don’t know what his future will hold, but he is enrolled at the community college. And I’ll be off to Japan with a debatable return. There was enough hope for him to graduate from high school, there should be enough for him to graduate from college, wouldn’t you agree?

On another, vastly different, note, I ran into my old AP English teacher at the ceremony. Damn I love that woman, she’s what I want to be like when I grow up. Only not a librarian (which she is now).

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: