A sister's love for her disabled twin brother was evident when she shared a suggestion with him in 2020. The unexpected gesture caught the mother off-guard, but it warmed her heart.
Miriam Gwynne longed to start a family for many years. However, infertility kept her from this dream until she tried in vitro fertilization. Gwynne and her husband were thrilled when the procedure resulted in twins Naomi and Isaac.
The family, who resides in Scotland, has faced their fair share of challenges. Both twins have autism, and Isaac suffers from global developmental delay, pica, and neurofibromatosis type 1.
Twin siblings share an affectionate moment. | Source: facebook.com/miriam.gwynne.7
TAKING CARE OF HER BROTHER
Naomi knows just how to communicate with Isaac despite his inability to speak. At only 11 years old, she has already started caring for her brother and helping her mom as much as possible.
From bathing and dressing him to soothing him when he is upset, Naomi has become his self-assigned protector since Gwynne can remember.
HE WILL NEED FULL-TIME CARE
The mother was proud of her daughter but also found it heartbreaking. She wanted Naomi to have a childhood filled with memories other than her brother's seizures and struggles.
The mother shared:
"At eleven she knows already how vulnerable he is. She knows he will live at home and never be independent. She knows he will need full-time care all his life."
"I WILL MARRY YOU"
One evening, Gwynne overheard her daughter's conversation with Isaac as she helped him bathe. Naomi asked her brother a surprising question that the mother would never forget.
"One day I will marry you. Would you like that? That way you will be ok."
SHE SHOULD HAVE A CAREFREE CHILDHOOD
The memorable moment warmed the mother's heart and made her see that her children deserved better. Access to care was difficult to obtain, and the strict criteria made it challenging for the family.
The mother added:
"Of course, she can't marry her brother, and neither should she even want to.
She should have a carefree childhood ... but instead, she worries [about] her brother."
A WAKE-UP CALL
The overheard conversation was a wake-up call for Gwynne, and she shared it online to raise awareness about the need for adequate care in families with disabilities.
Hopefully, her twins will receive more support, so Isaac is taken care of, and his sister can rest assured knowing that he is okay—especially when she can no longer be with him 24/7.
A LETTER FOR HER TWIN BROTHER
When Naomi was nine years old, she wrote an emotional letter to her twin, and the heartfelt words showed her deep love for him. In the note, she recalled a moment when Isaac moaned while trying to watch a video.
The youngster stated: "I still love you even when I got mad at you, and I am secretly glad you are well enough to scream and moan now." The letter proceeds in a similar vein as the sister promises to be there for him forever.
Her positive attitude amid the difficult moments showcases kindness and teaches the world a valuable lesson about selflessness and unconditional love.
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