‘How to Be a Sister’: Autism and hard-won love

When Margaret Garvin was 3 years old, she was diagnosed with severe autism. Her sister Eileen was about to be born.

“Throughout the course of my life, I’ve only been certain of two things: I am the youngest of five children, and I am my sister Margaret’s older sister,” Eileen Garvin writes in “How to Be a Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism.” “Even though she was born three years earlier than I, I was the caretaker, the dependable one, and, as far as I can see, always will be. Instead of growing up in the protective shadow of my big sister, I often found myself dodging things she was throwing at me or chasing that shadow through a crowd of people as my big sister took off on some crazy escapade.”

via ‘How to Be a Sister’: Autism and hard-won love | OregonLive.com.

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