Mikey and Me

Mikey and Me

Life With My Exceptional Sister

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When Mikey is young, the Sullivans are a closely knit unit, all of them devoted to caring for her. But as Mikey grows older, she also grows increasingly violent. By the time she’s twelve, institutionalization is the only available option—and without the shared purpose of caring for Mikey, the family begins to unravel.
As her family falls apart, Teresa searches for relief and connection during a time of sweeping cultural change. Lacking maturity or guidance, she makes choices that lead her down a sometimes-perilous path. But regardless of the circumstances at home and the tumult in their individual lives, the Sullivans are united in their love and concern for Mikey.
In Mikey and Me, Teresa interweaves her exceptional sister’s journey with her own, affirming the grace and brutality of Mikey’s life, and its indelible effect on her family. Unflinching and insightful, this is a deep exploration of the relationship between two sisters—one blind, with profound developmental disabilities, unable to voice her own story, and the other with the heart and understanding to express it exquisitely for her.
An unflinching and insightful exploration of the relationship between two sisters, one who has autism spectrum disorder and is blind, unable to voice her own story, the other with the heart and understanding to express it exquisitely for her. Mikey and Me reveals the impact special needs children have on families, when even young siblings must become honorary adults and caregivers, grappling with the same emotions their parents feel: love, guilt, despair, and unexpected inspiration.

Publisher: Berkeley, CA : She Writes Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781631522703
1631522701
Branch Call Number: 362.4092 Su56m
Characteristics: 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Oct 18, 2017

Candid, engaging, heartbreaking. Teresa tells her tale of a family both controlled and defined by their experiences dealing with Mikey, her severely disabled sister, and how it both brought them together and tore them apart. As a young girl, Teresa tried to be good, knowing how her parents struggled with Mikey's frustrating and often violent behavior. But being good meant being ignored, as her parents’ energy was so completely focused on her sister’s needs. Teenage Teresa began to go down her own dark path of drugs and escape into the hippie culture of the late 1960s, as her parents’ marriage dissolved and Mikey became a sad victim of the limits of the institutional system.

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