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My name’s Lissette.  I’m 16 and a sophomore in high school. I have a mom, dad and brother. My brother was my absolute best friend; we told each other everything and anything. He always helped my get through just about everything.

My dad was in the military, so we moved a lot. It was the beginning of summer and my mom, my brother and I were just beginning to move. One night, my brother decided to go with some friends to our old neighborhood. Later, we got a call saying that my brother had gotten hit by a car. But we didn’t know how serious it was until we got to the hospital. The words, “He did not survive” were really the only thing I remember from that night.

For about six months, I felt really numb. Everything was a big blur. I struggled with memory loss and depression. I missed my best friend.

Since I was at a new school, I didn’t have any friends I could completely trust.  But my family was definitely my rock at that time. They knew exactly how I felt and helped me through it as best as they could. My cousin Brian was probably the biggest help. He was the same age as my brother and took on the big-brother role. He definitely helped fill the void, and we became incredibly close. It got easier throughout the years, and I met friends who were in my situation. I started to become more involved with things, and I felt happier. I went back to usual routines and visited his grave from time to time, always leaving a gift or note. I wanted him to be proud of me and know I was OK.

Family and friends are definitely my strength.  They are always there for me. I still have those hard days.  But just know that , no matter what, you’re never alone.

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    Nada

    That’s the same as my story! It’s been three years now, i was 16 at the time too and i have no other siblings!

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    Madison

    I am so sorry for your loss. Reading this has made me finally accept the fact that the family members that I have lost, there gone. But there are ways to get around that, accept and embrace it. Thank you.

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