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In high school, my sister and I did not get along. At all. We always fought. We didn’t ‘get’ each other. She was (and still is) on many medications, including Adderall.

I knew she needed it, but frankly – I didn’t care. Every once in a while I stole some. Sometimes, I popped them myself. Other times, I sold them to my friends (who took them during tests or while underage drinking). 

My sister and I now get along – and I understand how her medication helps her. I’ve done many bad and illegal things in my life, but this was by far the worst – and what made me feel most guilty. 

If I had a criminal record, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t have gone to college. I wouldn’t have gone to graduate school. I would have been shunned from jobs, internships, housing. 

I had it easy. All I have to live with now is my guilt.