Earliest memories

Caption: Growing up with Will

Growing up with Will

Earliest memories

I'm Will's oldest sister, I am 15 years old going into my GCSE year this September. When I was younger, I would get asked “Are you Will’s big sister?” because I am taller, and I look older. This is some of my journey growing up with my brother. As a toddler, I spent a lot of time in hospitals and with different family members, friends and carers because Will spent a lot of time in the hospital in the early years of his life. This meant I had to grow up quickly surrounded by adults. I didn't get to go to many playgroups because my parents just couldn't get me there and keep Will safe from infection. The only children I really spent time with were the children on the hospital wards.

Memories
One of the first memories I can remember was watching 'Lady and the Tramp' at a carers house and my dad coming to collect me to take me to see Mum and Will in ICU: Will was seriously ill with pneumonia. Mum picked me up and put me on the bed, the nurse looked horrified as Will had a tube in his nose and IV lines and lots of other tubes. The nurse said to mum “please don't let her touch his tubes.” I didn't touch his tubes as I knew Mum had asked me to kiss Will and stroke his hair, which he loves. I was only 2 so I suppose the nurse would think I would be fascinated by the tubes, but I had grown up with Will needing an NG tube up his nose for his milk. Although this isn't the best memory things like this have shaped who I am today. I have become a grounded and well-rounded individual, whose love and understanding of individuals’ society excludes and the world of special needs. I've seen the highs and lows and the good, bad and the ugly. I have dealt with things most adults never have to deal with in their lifetime. Another memory I have was when I was about 2 and a half. A doctor walked into Will’s hospital room and went to lift his top and I said to the Doctor, “You haven't washed your hands, please don't touch my brother until you have washed them.” I have spent so much time on the same hospital wards that when I walk down them doctors and nurses say, "oh my gosh haven't you grown" or "The last time I saw you, you were this big." I have the confidence to ask a nurse or a doctor for help, as I have grown up on a lot of hospital wards, with my Mum and Will

Will's big little sister x

(Picture taken by Anna Shvets) (pexels)

Get email updates

Your details

By signing up you agree that we can process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

© Skiggle 2020. All rights reserved. Registered charity in England & Wales (1185108), Scotland (SC050478)
close

Contact us

Send us a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Your Details

We will treat your personal information with respect and process it in accordance with our privacy policy.

Top