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Everyone has a secret that he/she keeps private. Some are small and miniscule and some are big and important. According to Psychology Today, keeping a secret can damage someone’s mental health and cause someone to be stressed and feel unneeded pressure. I thought to better my mental health, I would reveal a secret that I’ve kept close most of my life.

When I was nine years old, I was told that my dad was not my biological father. This caused me emotional distress for years until recently. Although it’s dramatic, I felt that I had been living a lie. It felt as though my dad’s side of my family was there for me out of pity. I felt like the ugly duckling of the family because of it. I didn’t want anyone to know about how different my family was; I was embarrassed about it.

After knowing this for a few years, I mustered up the courage to ask my mom about my other family. I had a whole other family out there somewhere that I didn’t know about and they didn’t know about me. I wanted to know as much as possible. My mom told me that I had two siblings from my biological father. She said I have a sister who was born when my biological dad was about nineteen years old and a brother who was just a little older than me.

My mom gave me the information that she knew about them both. This whole other side of my family lived on the west coast. This was so cool to me because I had been to the west coast and loved it. It almost felt like home, and now I know why.

I found my brother, Brandon, on Instagram and I decided to message him last year. This was the best and most nerve-wracking thing I have ever done. I didn’t know if he would deny it and say that he doesn’t have a sister. I was prepared for the worst, but it was the complete opposite. He had thought that he was an only child (besides our other sister that he lost contact with) and was so excited to find out that he had another sister. We both wanted to learn everything about each other and get to know each other as best as we could.

Over the past ten months, we really have grown a bond. Even though we are on different sides of the country, we’ve still managed to have a good sibling relationship. We’ve watched movies together over facetime, gotten to know each other’s friends, and have really been there for each other. He is one of my best friends for sure and we tell each other everything.

The amount of stuff we have in common is crazy considering we lived our whole lives without each other prior to me contacting him. Both of our mom’s grew up Naserine; we both have the same sense of humor and make the same stupid “dad jokes.” We have some of the same mannerisms and react the same way to certain situations. We like the same types of food and we both love Mountain Dew. Some of these may sound stupid, but to me they’re small similarities that brings me closer to my brother.

He has made something that I found embarrassing to be one of the best things in my life. In the past, I was embarrassed about my dad situation, but since knowing Brandon and being so close to him, I have really gotten to accept it and celebrate that side of me. I have accepted that I am a quarter Italian, I don’t have a “normal” family, and that’s all okay. I can’t wait to meet him in person someday and hopefully someday soon.

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13 Responses to “Revealing Secrets”

  1. Levi Dyer on September 21st, 2018 11:08 pm

    Thats awesome. I wasn’t aware that I had a step brother until 4 years ago. I still don’t talk to him much, but it is kind of cool to know about it. I hope everything goes well.

  2. Cjay74 on September 24th, 2018 7:55 am

    Annie, wow what an amazing thing. It is so cool that you were able to connect and build a relationship with him. I can not imagine how hard it would have been to send that first message. I am so glad it worked out and you are able to talk regularly. Very interesting!

  3. Kelsey Wise on September 24th, 2018 8:11 am

    Great article Annie! I like how you brought in the idea of secrets because for so long Brandon was a secret that your mom did not tell you about, and you did a great job expressing that! Even though the Daily side isn’t actually your biological family they have always accepted you, but don’t think they pity you! They love you 🙂 You and Brandon’s sibling relationship is improving even though his life has changed quite a bit. You two will meet someday and be able to share you dad jokes in person!

  4. Ashli Key on September 24th, 2018 9:40 am

    This is a incredible article! I like the transition you had throughout your article about being embarrassed at first, but then realizing it wasn’t so bad after all. I could feel the emotional connection between you and your brother that you describe. I hope you guys meet each other soon! Best of wishes!

  5. Brooklynn Fye on September 24th, 2018 11:19 am

    What an amazing story Annie! I hope one day you guys get to meet in person. The way you explained everything makes it seem like I have a lost sibling I need to find. The description of how everything brings you guys closer together is very very cool. I bet it is very hard to continue to talk to someone, but never get to see them in person. You are very strong for doing this Annie, keep it up.

  6. Clara Licklider on September 24th, 2018 11:21 am

    I loved your story! I have been through a similar situation as you have because until I was 7 years old I didn’t know I had two more siblings. This story is very relatable and heart-warming to me. You did an excellent job with detail and an outstanding job writing this. I cannot wait to read more of your articles in the future. Keep up the good work!

  7. Miki Klute on September 25th, 2018 1:31 pm

    This was a great article Annie! It’s great that you and your brother have such an amazing bond after only 10 months.

  8. Ian Hook on September 25th, 2018 1:33 pm

    This was a great article. I didn’t know that keeping secrets was unhealthy.

  9. Katelyn Schreckenghaust on September 26th, 2018 2:41 pm

    I loved how you described how you were nervous to send that first message, but it ended up helping you get to know your brother. I think it’s cool that you guys are able to build a bond with each other even though you haven’t known each other for long. Great article, Annie!

  10. mikya on September 27th, 2018 1:31 pm

    This is an awesome article I myself have been through something somewhat like this but not exactly i know i have other brothers and sisters on my dads side i just don’t know anything about them.

  11. Juan Ortiz on September 27th, 2018 3:07 pm

    this is such a great story.

  12. Briana on September 28th, 2018 1:23 pm

    This was great story. I’m so happy you and your brother get along. I hope you get to see him soon.

  13. Josie Woolever on October 11th, 2018 11:16 am

    This is an amazing story! I love how you expressed how you felt when you found out the truth. I couldn’t imagine getting news like that, but it’s exciting now that you have taken the leap to get to know your brother. It’s also exciting to know you guys get along so well and clicked as siblings do. I think it’s really neat how when you were on the West coast and it felt like home, and you didn’t even realize the reason it felt like home.

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