Bro Bro – Like Sean, Cameron and Storm

When you were growing up, did your brother greet you with a black eye or a hug? Most people will never know another human being for as long as they know their brother or sister. Whether they fought constantly throughout adolescence, lost touch for a period of their adult lives or remained incredibly close and connected from day one, their connection to their sibling (or siblings) will always come first in this sense.


Growing up with my brother was pretty awesome. Yes we fought, cried, laughed, learned but there is a bond that will never be broken.  I was reading this Huffington Post article and saw so many commonalities with Sean and I and it really got me thinking about my boys and their bond.  See, I can remember Brad and I talking about how hard it will be for Cody when Cameron leaves for college and how worried we would be for Cody.  But truthfully, we think it’s now going to be more tough for Cameron.  There nothing quite like a sibling bond and when we do come together we tend to hold on to the lasting memories focusing on the good times…We are there to protect each other regardless of the circumstances.

Often times your brothers can be boys who did not grow up in the same household as you, or go to the same school or could be incredible big brother friends you met in your life who have always been there for you, reliable and trustworthy in all circumstances.  I feel this with Cameron’s baseball team he plays on.  They are his Storm brothers who have been together for over 4 seasons already with very little change to their team mates.


A brother is someone you can depend on, and who you will do anything for. Brotherhood as a larger concept means finding it in your heart to truly care about your fellow human beings, and allowing them to lift you up as well when you need it.

Several weeks ago, the Storm boys got together for their team huddle after a game.  The parents naturally surround the team to listen to the coaches highs and lows of the game and one of the players, Leland Allen wanted to close the meeting with an announcement.  This game happened to fall on April 2nd, National Autism Awareness Day and he thanked our family for all we do for Cody and told us he created a Team for the upcoming Autism Speaks Texas 8k  called Storm4Cody and that we would all be attending this together in his honor. Yes, there was some tears.

Last Saturday, Cameron’s Storm brothers (and their families) came together in person and in spirit to support our family in the Autism Speaks Texas 8K walk. I will be forever so grateful for our Storm Baseball Family. To have the love, support and compassionate people I call family surround you it means the world! It was an AUsome morning for an AUsome cause and we even took home some metals! You guys are all winners to me!



Think about this, “The sibling relationship is life’s longest lasting relationship, longer, for the most of us by a quarter of a century, than our ties to our parents,” wrote Stephen Bank and Michael Kahn in The Sibling Bond. “It lasts longer than our relationship with our children, certainly longer than with a spouse, and with the exception of a few lucky men and women, longer than with a best friend.”

“ Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.”

– Marc Brown

“ I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance – waiting for the bathroom.”

– Bob Hope

These quotes on brothers remind us, even though our brothers may annoy us at times, they are some of the closest friends in our entire lives, and a great brother is a wonderful gift!

As Cody would say, My “Bro Bro”, CR’s “Bro Bro”  and Cameron’s Storm “Bro Bro’s are all gifts to me.  Check out the slide show below.

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Published by mamalamaneustupa

Bio My name is Shelley Neustupa. I am a mother of two cool boys and a wife of 22 years to my high school sweetheart. My oldest son attends the University of Oklahoma. Boomer! My youngest is in 2nd grade and was diagnosed with Autism and Mixed Receptive Expressive Disorder at age 2. Since his diagnosis, I promised him I would advocate and educate as hard as he works each day in therapy. I began writing and have been able to touch many parents that may be new to this journey providing them with actual experiences (not candy coated), support and resources through my entries. Writing is my therapy and my hope one day that my nonverbal son will be able to take these diaries and speak about his own journey and how autism relates to his own experiences. Who knows he and his older brother may become National Speaker’s one day? Come along on our journey to better understand our lives through the eyes of a boy with autism, his Skilled Companion dog Jude, his big brother (and best friend) and mom and dad. My raw vulnerability captures the everyday moments of our journey and will bring even more awareness. A week does not go by where we do not learn something new about ourselves and I want to share these chapters with you. My Sons Undeniable Strengths… Extremely smart and figures out things quickly. Has a memory that allows him to remember more things than I could ever hope for. Persuasive by his personality and sheepish looks. Overabundance of stamina and strength. Loves the outdoors. Enjoys life and always has fun with an unforgettable smile. You can find us here: Writer: Autism Through His Eyes Facebook Instagram YouTube Pinterest Canine Companions for Independence News Interview Cody and Skilled Companion Jude - Our Story

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