Today is #autismawarenessday .
I struggled with knowing what to write on this post. Autism can mean so many things to so many people. And sadly, having an annual day or month of awareness has done very little to change the fact that autism rates are rising at an alarming rate and that very little is being done to actually be "aware" of the causes behind this. .
While many people who have high functioning autism feel blessed to be different and unique, other families struggle with children who are nonverbal, self-injurious, violent, and in pain. We have been in both places, and I know the challenges of having a child on every spectrum of the autism spectrum.
I'm not going to go into our story or challenges here. Today, I just want to celebrate my son and the amazing person that he is.
See, while it takes strength to raise a child that has been through what my son has endured, it is nothing compared to what he has dealt with on a daily basis. And while he may no longer qualify for an autism diagnosis, he still has burdens that most of us can't even understand. And yet he does it all with a smile on his face, kindness in his heart, and a ready hug for anyone who is hurting. He wakes up before the sun so he doesn't miss a moment; he loves animals, and he rescues bugs and spiders from an untimely death. He never gives up when something is hard for him, and he is the first to notice when I am sad. .
I love this boy so much that my heart aches. He is so much more than a diagnosis. I look forward to the day when no child will have to go through what he did, because it isn't fair, and it isn't right. - Isaiah 33:24; Daniel 2:44
#autismrecovery #autismawareness #heteachesme #somuchlove