This morning someone told me that #manvsautism was a negative thing. But it’s not to me. It’s a challenge. Each day my wife and I wake up to three amazing kids, two with severe autism. It’s a battle for us to get out of bed some days. It’s a challenge to fight off the hopelessness that can overcome you when you are forced to see just how far your child has to go before they can function just like everyone else.
Our kid’s autism is different than yours. It is what makes it hard for Addison to hold a fork. It’s what causes McKade to freak out if his red crayon snaps while he is coloring. Their autism is daunting and intimidating. Their autism has caused them to leave the house in the middle of the night only to be returned to us by the grace of God and our local police. Their autism scares the crap out of me. The fact that we get up each day and have the nerve to type #manvautism is a victory. To me it’s an affirmation that we are going to try again even on the days when we feel beaten. We are going to face each day with a smile. We are going to be more patient when we want to yell. We are going to stay calm when we want to cry. We will look their autism in the eye and let it know that we are not afraid. #Manvsautism is a battle cry that I am going to fight for my kids and our family is bigger and more than their diagnosis.
May the force be with you,
Toby @jedipadmaster on Twitter