Michael was diagnosed with cerebral palsy — a lifelong disorder that impacts movement and coordination — when he was a child, and in the show Ashton recalls the extreme measures that he was willing to go to for his brother’s wellbeing.
The twins were in eighth grade when Michael was rushed to hospital and given just three to four weeks to live.
Thankfully, Michael managed to find a match and was given a heart transplant after the family were told that he had just 24 hours to live.
And while Michael “didn’t appreciate” Ashton for what he’d done at the time, he ended up using the opportunity to express himself and become an “advocate.”
“I really struggled for a lot of my early adulthood, trying to figure out who Michael was. Once he gave me the opportunity to really express this part of me, I thought, ‘Well, if we’re out there, I might as well do good with it. I might as well be an advocate,” Michael says.
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