For sisters Anneliese and Kirsten Mackintosh, they grew up with each other. However, communication between them has not always been easy, with Kirsten suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, and other mental conditions.
This is a story of how two sisters managed to fight against their frustrations, and found love as sisters through mutual understanding and familial love also reported in The Guardian.
Autism has not stopped two sisters from communicating to each other
Growing up, Anneliese was not able to understand her sister, as there were several bouts of behavioral actions that she could not resonate with, such as Kirsten crying a lot, yelling at her, and getting angry easily. This continued past their teenage years into their early 20s.
Yet, the two sisters did not give up and continued trying new methods of communicating, even using handwritten letters for each other, which lasted more than a decade.
A lack of understanding, but continuous trying…
Initially, there were much communication difficulties between the 2 sisters. However, when Kirsten was officially diagnosed with Autism at the age of 30, they have started experimenting in new and better ways of communicating. They are now much better at communicating with each other and are sharing this inspirational story
Patience helps in connecting people
From the article at The Guardian, we realized that patience is truly necessary to connect with people, and especially sufferers of various conditions. Throughout the years, I have grown to understand my daughter better (she has slight ASD), and what she has taught me is much more than what I have learnt by myself.
We hope people can be understanding towards others, and help build a community of love and compassion.