Sunday, April 2, 2017

Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. We hope you wear blue and #lighitupblue to show you support of families dealing with Autism.

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.

Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.

Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average.

I always loved the quote of "if you meet one person with Autism, you've met one person with Autism".  What can be incredibly frustrating (to put it mildly) is that Autism affects every person differently and manifests itself in countless ways.

I have been given so much comfort since Thomas' diagnosis from our community and also the Mareathoner family. It amazes me how many people have shown great support with their time, love, understanding, donations and help.  It took us a long time to ask for help and share our story but the response has been overwhelmingly positive. 

I recently shared a video showing a day in the life of a parent of a child with special needs. I had such lovely comments and response. What struck me afterwards though was that this was just a typical day. Not a day with crisis. People kept writing me saying they couldn't believe how busy the day was or how much we manage to get done. That's just a typical day. Not one with meltdowns or a medical crisis or a panic attack or any of the endless terrifying things that have happened in the past six years. 

I truly believe Thomas is here to educate others, create a more compassionate world and add an infinite amount of joy. Jeremy and I often recognize he's made us better people. It's not without daily struggle and stress, but it's for a purpose. That purpose may be muddied some days by heartache, but it's there. I can't wait to see what Thomas achieves. I know it's going to be big. 
oxox Mare

1 comment:

  1. He is so lucky to have you to learn from and we are so lucky to have him to learn from.Such great love will help him in whatever he wants to do. You are right it will be amazingπŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

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