Mighty Z's big sister LA LA is a prime example on how being a sister of a special needs child has molded LA LA into having qualities that many children and adults don't have.
LA LA has patience she is very patient with Mighty Z. When many people don't have the patience to learn Mighty Z's language or even when I am distracted LA LA always has the patient to sit with Mighty Z when Mighty Z is on her machines.
LA LA is full of kindness and supportiveness . LA LA has been here through it all, the good and the bad with Mighty Z. She was the one cheering her on when Mighty Z was sprinting off her machines, and was one sharing her I pad when Mighty Z was in the PICU.
LA LA is very accepting of other peoples differences. Whether at school or just at the neighborhood park. If you are different LA LA is the first to ask you to play.
LA LA is very empathetic towards others with special needs she understands that kids with special needs just want to be treated like a kid and LA LA does that beautifully.
LA LA is very dependable and very loyal towards Mighty Z in fact LA LA quit competitive cheer because Mighty Z wanted to join the entry level team and the coach said she "didn't want those kinds of kids on her team".
LA LA does worry about her sister, and is scared that she might lose her sister. Anxiety is present when Mighty Z is in the PICU or is just not doing well.
As a parent I always make sure during the hard scary times I love on and reassure LA LA. I always tell her whats going on and make LA LA feel like she is part of this Mighty Z team. I make sure I spend time with just her and I every night by reading to her ( I also read with Mighty Z separately).
I will leave you with a quote that LA LA said only just yesterday " Momma I have no problem hitting a disabled kid, most of the time Mighty Z deserves it."