One woman has opened up about her true feelings towards her sister, who has severe autism. She admits that she harbors resentment towards her sibling after years of being second best. Should she be feeling this way?
An Overwhelming Responsibility
Rachel is six years older than her sister and has always felt obligated to care for her, “My sister is severely autistic. She requires attention almost 24/7 and cannot be left alone.”
A Tearful Admission of Second Best
From age six, Rachel’s world took an unexpected turn. “I was only six years old when she was born, and since then, I’ve never solely had my parents’ attention.”
Sent to the Basement
Rachel admitted she was moved out of her room and forced to stay in the basement to accommodate the new sibling, “I was moved out of my room into the basement at seven because she needed to be in the room next to my parents.”
Toys, Tears, and a Shocking Reality
“She destroyed all of my childhood toys, and my parents simply ignored me when I complained,” Rachel revealed.
Putting Her Dreams on Hold
As Rachel prioritized caring for her sibling, her dreams, and ambitions had to take a backseat. “I am expected to take care of her and drop everything I do for her.”
Lost Family Moments
Rachel revealed how she was chosen to give a speech at a school event. However, her parents had other priorities with her sister and never even showed their faces.
A Joke Gone Wrong
After a joke made by her father while they were looking at colleges, Rachel’s emotions finally got the better of her, “he joked that I should get a degree that pays well so when they’re gone, I can take care of my sister,” she revealed.
A Heartbreaking Outburst
Rachel’s emotions finally broke, “I cried and screamed about how it’s always about her. I’m nothing more than a caretaker to them,” she finally told her parents after years of silence.
An Admission That Will Break Your Heart
After all she has been through, Rachel made the shocking admission that she “despises” her sister for taking over her life.
Grateful for Support Online
After posting her turmoil, “Wow, thank you for all the support and love that you guys have given me.”
A Touching Change of Heart
As time passed and Rachel gained a new perspective, she revealed having a change of heart. “After thinking…I don’t despise my sister. It’s not her fault that she was born the way she is.”
Leaving Home To Get Some Space
She decided with her parents that she should take a break from home life in an attempt to improve her relationship with her family.
Is The Father Hiding His Feelings?
After seeking advice from Reddit, most thought the father made the joke because he secretly believed it, “That was wrong of your dad to “joke” about because it sounds like he probably is really thinking along those lines,” One argued.
Preparing For The Future
Another user suggested clarifying to the parents that she won’t be looking after her sister forever, “Later in life, make sure your parents understand that you won’t be taking responsibility, so they better have care and funding in place.”
Share Your Advice
Do you have any advice for Rachel as she ponders her next move in life? Let us know in the comments.
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