Hi, friend! So happy you are here :) April is Autism Awareness month; and, in honor of our ausome™ Jack, I will be sharing stories, information, and resources that are pertinent to ASD.
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Our special needs journey began about 3 years ago. We were living in Atlanta, my husband was working a part-time job due to downsizing, I was on bed rest with Kristen, and Jack was 2 years old.
I remember being in the car that April trying to figure out how we were going to pay our bills, while a radio spotlight on Autism awareness played in the background. I’ll never forget one of the moms who was interviewed speaking about her son who has ASD. She spoke so eloquently about the disorder and provided examples of some of the behaviors her son exhibited. I was touched by her love, compassion, and passion for building awareness of the disorder. As I totaled up the cost of groceries for the week and thought about which bills to pay and which to juggle for another month, I thought, in true southern form, ‘Bless her heart. Better her than me!’
Nine months later, I sat on the floor of a pediatric neurologist’s office holding Jack in a vise grip as he screamed and thrashed in sheer panic of the world around him. For months, I had been trying to figure out his intense behaviors which presented shortly after that radio broadcast and increased in severity day by day until he could no longer function. He screamed all day. Rocked and banged his head incessantly. Recited books and scripts meticulously. He never slept. We were mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted.
After an hour of assessment, the neurologist asked me what I believed was going on with my son. I remembered the woman on the radio and the shared behaviors that now made my son and hers brothers on a journey we did not plan.
I knew it was autism. And the doctor confirmed my belief.
Two months later, my husband got a job in Massachusetts and we moved up north, where we knew no one but knew the services would change our son’s life. And they truly have.
In September of 2013, I started this blog to share our family’s journey with a child on the spectrum.
Jack has tried us and blessed us, exhausted us and filled our hearts with joy beyond measure. He has made my life richer, my friendships deeper, and my appreciation for the little things greater. When I think back now on that day in the car, I realize there was a plan beyond my understanding unfolding. Three years later, I now have friends who lead before me and who walk beside me on a road that is riddled with the unknown but is infinitely blessed. I’m so glad to be walking this journey with you, friend!