CNN PRODUCER NOTE 'Ever since I was a kid...every star I've wished on, every cake I've wished on, every time it's 11:11 and I make a wish, I've always wished that my brother wasn't autistic,' says achavis09, a third year medical student in Nashville, Tennessee. achavis09 wants the world to know that when a family member has autism, it affects everyone, even the siblings. 'I've always felt - I won't say burden, that's a tough word - I feel kind of responsible for my brother. I'm my brother's keeper if you will,' he says. 'If one of my parents aren't able to take care of him anymore, I plan on having him live with me, which is exciting for whoever I marry, but she'll have to be okay with it I guess.' His brother Adrian, 28, is non-verbal. However, they love exploring their environment together and they have special ways of communicating. 'I feel blessed that I've gotten the opportunity to love my brother,' he says. While his family faces challenges, he says he loves watching Adrian bring out the best in people. 'My friends, they would hang out with me and we'd be this way and then we'd go home and seeing them interact with my brother -- it was humbling,' he says. 'We're all dealt different cards and it's kind of how you play them that determines the outcome of the game. I couldn't have asked for anything better. You can have a full, awesome life with a family member with autism.'
- ssesha, CNN iReport producer