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Hi, my name is Ryan and I am a gay identical twin. I lived with my twin for 33 years and even worked together at times. My twin suffered from depression and never came to grips with being gay. My brother was on and off meds since we came out. Well on October 10, 2011 I found my twin hanging in my condo. He had stopped taking his meds and no one knew. He was estimated that he was hanging for about 10 minutes. When I found him I got him down, he was such dead weight that I could barely hold him. He fell down the staircase he was hanging from and smacked hard on the floor. When he fell it was head first and it caused his lower tooth the break off and go into his lung. I immediately turned him over and tried to give him CPR. He had bitten the tip of his tongue off. My sister and her husband showed up before the police or ambulance. My brother in law took over CPR until the ambulance arrived. He was rushed to the hospital and I was taken to the police station. Due to my surprise my neighbors called the police and reported that I murdered my twin. I was interrogated for two hours before being able to be by my twins side at the hospital. Once there I stayed by his side and slept there every night only leaving for 45 minutes once a week to shower, along with my boyfriend and mother. After almost three months, weeks before Christmas he woke up. I was thrilled! My twin, Matt, now suffered with permanent blindness, severe memory loss and brain damage. He remembers his family but not his past 10 or so years and his short term memory is not good at all. We were very codependent on each other. I since struggled with PTSD and severe depression. I felt I lost my twin, the closest thing to me and actually part of me. I entered into therapy, which helped, but I still have a loss and a void without him. My mom who is 65, is his primary care giver and my hero. My mother has given up her life to care for him, her husband even sleeps in a separate bedroom. My whole families lives, especially mine is now changed for ever!!
My ultimate goal is too afford professional relief for my mother and supply my brother with a direct care staff to help him in his daily life. As a bonus it would be great to help and try and save our property.

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