Women's Health

My Sister, My Guide

Source: 1 / The author, right, and her twin, Danielle, at age 1.

2 / The sisters at age 2. Danielle’s disability causes stiffness of her limbs.

3 / During a visit in 2015.

4 / With their mother, Winnie, and younger sister, Briana, preparing for Briana’s wedding in 2015.

I have a deep bond with my twin, Danielle. And yet, we’ve never spoken.

I was the first one born—on a frigid January day in the Bronx, in 1971. Danielle emerged four minutes later, not breathing. She had swallowed part of

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