Javier was only 7 years old when his sister became a quadriplegic.
“I don’t think it’s that much different than if she wasn’t disabled,” he shares. His family is very tight knit, and now all grown up, he has some perspective on how his sister’s disability impacted his childhood and him as a person. “Growing up…there was more attention coming to her,” he admits. “When I was younger, I was kinda mad about it.” Looking back now, he realizes now that although he felt he wasn’t getting attention, his sister needed it more and needed more help, and also that his parents also needed his help. “I think it kinda has made me less selfish,” he shares.
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