Having a brother or sister is one of the greatest gifts a person can have.
Whether your siblings are adopted or you're related by blood, chances are you have an unbreakable bond that'll stand the test of time.
One pair of siblings who knows this to be true is Pamela Lara, 18, and Jared Escamilla, 17, from Houston, Texas.
While the brother-sister duo believed they were full siblings for their entire lives, they recently discovered they only shared a single parent, a fact that Lara initially struggled with.
However, on July 23, Lara took to Twitter to share a touching note Escamilla had written her along with his gift of some of her favorite treats.
"I just wanted to let you know how much I love you. I don’t care what people say you are always going to be my full-blooded sister, you are the best thing that happened to me," the note began.
"I love you with all my heart, thank you for helping me on my worst and thank you for leading me the right way."
"I will always be there for you, just like you have always been there for me. I love you, with love your annoying brother," he concluded.
In an interview with Femail, Lara explained that her brother's sweet gesture brought the siblings even closer together.
"My brother knew I wasn’t ready to talk about us not being full siblings, so he wrote it instead," Lara said.
"Instead of breaking us apart, it made us even closer. He even tells me he feels bad for joking around that I was the adopted one in the family because I was different than everyone else."
"But despite all of that, I believe blood does not define family. And I have never seen him any differently."
Lara wasn't the only one who appreciated Escamilla's message, with several other social media users taking to Twitter to share their own relationships with their half-siblings.
When I found out my oldest brother wasn’t my full brother I said and I quote “I thought he was different. But I like him more anyway”— Aaliyah 🇯🇲 (@Its_Montana_) July 25, 2018
i’m not a full sister to neither of my 3 brothers, but i don’t consider any of them “my half brothers”. i don’t believe in such thing, i love my brothers with all my heart and i don’t need a title “half” to consider them my brothers.— ariana (@nanilmichelle) July 27, 2018
When my little sister found out our dad isn’t my biological dad she was so upset for me lol she cried and held me like she was gonna shield me from it ❤️— LariLari ✨ (@honeysugarbeet) July 25, 2018
Whether they share the same parents or not, it doesn't look like anything can break the bond Lara and Escamilla share!
How would you react if you found out your brother or sister wasn't your full sibling?
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