Friday, April 1, 2011

Four Words For World Autism Awareness Day 2011

It's funny how four little words can change your life. Will you marry me? I want a divorce. You have a son. Your son has autism. I've had all of those things said to me. The last two are the only ones that really changed me. The very last one changed me irrevocably.

Four words that change your perception of what you thought the future would hold forever.  Gone forever the blissful ignorance of those kinds of things happen to other people and never ever to you. You become more aware of other kids development.

You learn acronyms, like PRISE, IEP, IDEA, and ABLLS. You learn about DAN Doctors, Bio Med, Floortime, ABA, VBA, ST, OT and PT. You try the  GFCF diet.

You are forever changed. Drastically and radically changed. You stop staying the "R" word. You judge others less. You find compassion and tolerance. Your patience and empathy grows.

You find out who will step up and be a real friend. You find out who will step away. You'll make new friends who are on the same path.

But I can say this with utter certainty, you now have a choice.  You can choose to be bitter over what you think you've lost or you pick yourself and move forward.  Your child standing in front of you. S/He needs you to dig deep and be more adult then you ever have been in your life. 

I promise progress will come sometimes painstakingly slowly and sometimes surprisingly quickly.

Now I have four words for you. You CAN do it.  And that's a promise.



    We're in this together for the long haul. So glad I met you on this journey.

  2. Here's four more words...I LOVE YOU, JERSEY! This is so beautiful! And SO true! xo

  3. Love this Jersey! Awesome post! Ditto Alysia and Beth, so glad I met you!

  4. I love you ladies! I really do. xoxox

  5. Oh boy, has this all been life changing. Thanks for the encouragement and love the picture. :)

  6. 'You can choose to be bitter over what you think you've lost or you pick yourself and move forward.' you did exactly this (the latter) in such a brave, beautiful way. i admire you, i really do.

  7. Way to go!!! Four words that I love, your child can recover!!

  8. I love this post, and I love you. I love that we're all moving forward together. xo

  9. What great encouraging....thank you for sharing... Redefining Typicallll