Your article brought tears to my eyes as well as joy. Here is a portion of a story from a mother with an autistic child:
We have crazy big fears. All parents do, add to them: Will my child be able to cross a street alone? Will my child be able to live independently? If not, then what? (I can’t go there yet) The list is actually too hard for me to even continue, but you get it, right?
As strong as we can be, we break down, we feel alone and we are scared. Many of us don’t have a strong support system and we like to be hugged! This is not easy and always being on guard is hard. Our brain hurts from juggling all we do!
Many of us have other kids that also require our parenting. Our special needs kids usually consume our time leaving much guilt and feelings of inadequacy in letting our other kids down.
We know we are on a journey and our path is not paved nor does it have a clear direction. We live it every second of every day thinking and wondering. We try new therapies, read books and do crazy things. Anything that may help our child have a better quality of life. Wouldn’t you? Relate it to a loved one that may have cancer, you would go to the highest mountain for a vial that may cure if someone told you it worked!
I have found my voice and it is to share, help and advocate for all families that do it a little differently.
To all of you that may think about crossing this Autism Mom- Think Twice: I am not giving up or going away!
As I begin this weeks blog I think about my step-daughter’s biological mom, who after being in the military for a few years found out that she had a learning disability from a childhood disease she had. The one thing she could not understand was why her mother did not get her any help or why her mother would not tell her about her disability. Many people would say that her mother was in the wrong, but I wanted her to look at things from her mother’s point of view. There were a few things that I wanted her to understand, such things as time period, culture, and education. My step-daughter’s mother was born in the early 1980s when there was not as much knowledge about children with special needs and learning disabilities. Many people, from lack of knowledge, felt as though children with learning disabilities were being lazy or they were…
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