Happy Birthday to a Brother

Happy 36th Birthday tomorrow to my brother, Joe!

Joe, there is no one I would rather call my brother. You inspire me every day and I have learned so much from you. Life may have put us in unique circumstances, but we have navigated the road together. Being one of your Personal Care Attendants has never felt like work, it is time that I cherish with you, my brother. Helping with meals, activities and daily routines – that is just our life. It always warms my heart when someone sees your ability rather than the disability, and gets to see the Joe I know Sure, there have been sacrifices, but I would choose to make them again for you. I will always be there for you as you have been there for me. You are someone that I can sit with and have myself brought back to center just by being in your presence. I may be the little brother taking care of the big brother, but you take care of me as well. You are my best friend. You are my brother – always. I will always be here for you.

Happy Birthday, Joe!

Your little brother,


Author’s Note: My older brother, Joe, was born prematurely. In order to save his life, he needed to be fed oxygen and he had brain bleed. Joe has Cerebral Palsy and is considered to be blind, non-verbal and non-ambulatory. However, Joe is able to make vocalizations and he does not let his disabilities define him. Though we do not need words to communicate, Joe is the most thoughtful, brave and fun brother to be around. In addition to my two jobs that I work, I also serve as one of Joe’s reserve Personal Care Attendants. My duties include assisting in everyday routines and activities, helping with meals and helping with bathroom functions. It is a role that I would do any day. To me, it is simply being there for my brother.


2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to a Brother

  1. Truly BEAUTIFUL, Matt!!!

    How lucky are you both to have each other – your brother Joe sounds like a WONDERFUL guy – just like you!!!

    BEST Always, :)MB


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