This Week's Teen Flaunt: Harrison's Story

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In families where one child has special needs, there is often a seemingly strong and resilient sibling somewhere on the sidelines, feeling the ripples but not making waves. Harrison, 18, is that sibling. And in this week's Teen Flaunt (part of our partnership with Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It), he reveals the challenges of growing up in the shadow of his younger sister, who was "notorious for a rambunctious disposition in our close-knit community."

That "rambunctious disposition," you'll learn, had several diagnosed causes—and was likely intensified by the colossal secret his sister was holding inside. (Really, wait until you read about it—it's powerful stuff!) But what we love most is Harrison's blend of sensitivity and honesty in the face of his sister's adversity: These problems clearly made life difficult for her, but her hardships made life difficult for him too. And that's worth acknowledging.

Head over to the Teen Flaunt page to read Harrison's full essay.

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