What Comes With Autism? A Life Lesson.

Image“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no valleys to traverse.” ~Helen Keller~

I am not saying autism is a gift and that I wholeheartedly welcome the difficult challenges it brings with it. I am saying that because of it, we have become extraordinary. I’ve met and befriended genuinely outstanding people of unwavering character, whom I would never had the opportunity to meet otherwise. We have become something as a family that I could not possibly have conceived of within the confines of a “normal” life. We have learned selflessness for the greater good, instead of selfishness in pursuit of personal happiness. We have learned the significance of real joy versus momentary pleasure. We have learned that suffering is simply a part of this experience on earth, but it does not define our existence. We have learned to love and accept each other unconditionally. I truly cannot imagine a higher calling than this.  Thank you friends and mentors for educating us, family for supporting us,  and Noah for being who you are.  We love you and will never take for granted the hard work you are doing to get better.

– The Rev

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7 Responses to What Comes With Autism? A Life Lesson.

  1. Karen Kain says:

    I never asked for a child who was unique. I longed for a healthy typical experience. My heart ached as I watched my child fight for her life for 15 years. What did I gain? Too many words to write but I will try a few that come to mind; love deep unconditional love, strength, courage, understanding of total loss and devastation which has taught me to enjoy the simple things like a smile. I know now that I have to do what is right for all of our children no matter how they come to the unique situation. Would I pick it to do over again? Hell no. But am I honored that my beautiful daughter picked me cause she knew I would do my best. Hell YA! It is a honor and a privilege to be a parent of a unique soul. It is icing on the cake to be part of a group of parents who love and care so deeply for their children. Your strength makes me stronger:)

  2. I’m glad you started your own space, Rev. 🙂 The blogging world needs more mamas with soul.

    Yes, as much as autism was a punch in the face, gut, and wallet: it cleaned up my health, the way I feed my family, and has helped countless others.

    I just pray my son makes it through the social and language challenges he faces. For I know buried beneath all the gut dysbiosis, vax damage, mito dysfuction, and chronic bowel issues breathes a boy with a voice.

  3. Lisa says:

    Definitely changes the way you look at life. I always feel like my daughter was a gift.

  4. Yes, you warrior moms are definitely extraordinary! I learn more from you every time I read one of your blogs!

  5. Sugah says:

    Preach it, Rev! Very well said.

  6. Michelle says:

    I hate autism, but I doubt I would be a photographer now if my daughter didn’t have it. It was the reason I learned photography. I had to figure out a way to get a good photo of her.

  7. Karla says:

    Beautifully put and I couldnt agree more. 🙂

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