Tell us a little about yourself & your family.
My name is Chloe and I am the oldest sibling of 4. We grew up in a small town in Nebraska and lived on a farm our whole childhood. I have 2 younger sisters, Addie (20) and Jayce (23), and a younger brother, Brady (18). Jayce and Brady both have a diagnosis of microcephaly, which means that their heads are smaller than normal. This comes with developmental delays and affects most aspects of their everyday lives. Jayce and Brady are some of the best people I know. Jayce loves to sing, go on car rides, and eat ice cream. Brady loves cops, “cool cars” (any sports car), sports, and music.
What was it like growing up with Jayce and Brady?
It is such a unique experience and one that has taught me so much. It has shaped who I am as a person. Different siblings take on the role of being a sibling differently and for me, I took on a more “motherly role.” I was a mother hen to my siblings. This all caused me to mature incredibly quickly over the course of my life. Being a sibling to Brady and Jayce helped me to make the best connections and I am able to see others as more alike than different and have greater empathy and compassion.