Having A Sibling With A Disability: An Unbreakable Bond

Curated by
Whitney Bailey
Content via Chloe Joyce
Chloe Joyce
Curated by
Whitney Bailey

Chloe Joyce and her little brother Ethan are more than just siblings; they are best friends. Chloe, born with spinal dysgenesis, has been a wheelchair user since the age of two. Ethan affectionately refers to himself as Chloe’s ‘protector.’

picture of ethan carrying chole

“My brother is my everything. He takes such good care of me. He is a trooper when I had my hip surgery; he waited patiently in the hospital for eight hours! As soon as I got out of the operating room I kept asking for him. As soon as he got there he was right by my side.”

So her readers could get a sense from her brother’s perspective, Chloe asked Ethan some questions after one of her surgeries. She documented his answers saying that he is a “direct and to the point” type of guy. The questions ranged from Ethan’s feelings towards his sister’s surgery to what he enjoyed about being in Boston. Here are a few of the question and answers:

Chole and her brother hugging with chole in standing wheelchair

Chloe: What were you feeling when you found out I was going to have to have surgery in August?

Ethan: I was feeling sad.

Chloe: What did you do while I was in surgery?

Ethan: I ate in the hospital cafeteria. I had a nap with my mom and went to the gift shop to pick out a present for you.

Chloe: What was your favorite place to eat in Boston?

Ethan: I liked eating at Lee's Burgers on Beacon Street. I liked getting a vanilla milkshake and a burger with daddy.

Lastly, Chloe asked her brother “What would you tell others about me?” Ethan’s response was “Chloe is smart, kind and 10% more famous than me!”

Check out Chloe's full interview with Ethan by clicking on the original post!

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