For those of us with a disability, knowing about a diagnosis will foster more understanding of our situation from others, which will result in easier, more loving and symbiotic relationships.
I would have been happier with a diagnosis. I hated the labels and, without understanding what was different about me, being labelled even more. Those were incredibly hard times, being an inquisitive child meant I never stopped asking. As a family, had my struggles and disability been handled differently, my siblings would have grown up with a better understanding of me. It must have been difficult for them.
People are not inherently jealous. Jealousy comes when attention is taken away. The spotlight was totally on me because of my difficulties and yet those difficulties were never discussed, or addressed. As I said before, when any family fails to discuss what is being presented, distance will always grow between them. It is important families learn to talk about things, so that distance doesn’t become an issue.
Families have to want to close the gaps and bring about understanding, but that is a big sticking point when it comes to a child who deals with a disability.