Wednesday, October 8, 2008

An email from my Daughter

This is an email sent to me from my daughter.
Some of you may not be aware that I have two grandchildren with Autism/Aspergers.
There are days when I am not even aware because I am not in the daily battle.
I am Grandma. I visit,I spoil, I just love them.
I don't notice because they are my grandchildren and their funny little ways are just them.
My battle comes when my daughter cries and my ability to fix her pain is out of my control as a mother.
So I pray and love.
However this email reminded me of the battle, of not only my daughter and her husband on a daily basis but the battle of all parents who's children are autistic.

The green writing is her comments.

If given the opportunity I suggest you rent Autism the Musical.

It is a brilliant documentary. You will laugh and you will cry.

These children are a Gift from God

and I thank Him daily for our blessings.


Allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is Autism.

Perhaps you know me or know of me. I am a condition, a "disorder" that affects many people.

I strike at will, when and where I want. Unlike Downs Syndrome or other birth "defects," I leave no marks on those I strike.

In fact, I pride myself on the ability to infiltrate a child’s life, while leaving him or her strikingly handsome.

Many people may not even know that I am there. They blame the child for what I cause him or her to do.

I am Autism and I do as I please.

I am Autism. I strike boys and girls, infants and toddlers. I find my best victims to be boys around the age of 2, but any child will do.

I like children and they are always the true victims, though I take hostage the others in the child's family as well.

It is a bit like getting two for the price of one. I affect one child and infect the entire family.

I am Autism.

I strike rich and poor alike. The rich combat me with education and therapy. The poor shut their children away and cannot afford to fight me.

I am able to win in the lives of poor children more than I am of the wealthy, but I will try to take root anywhere.

I am Autism. I am an equal opportunity disorder. I like whites, blacks, Mexicans, Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, Slavs, Japanese, Koreans and Fins. In fact, I strike everywhere on earth. I know no geographical bounds.

I am Autism. I do not discriminate based upon religion either.

I strike Jews and Christians, Muslims and Buddhists, Atheists and Agnostics, Hindus and Rastafarians.

I do not care what religion a person is or what beliefs he may hold. When I strike, there will be little time for any of that anyway. When they find me, they will question everything they believe in, so why would I strike any one group?

I have affected followers of every religion on the planet.

I am Autism and I am strong and getting stronger every year, every month, every day, every minute, and every second.

I am concerned that money might be allotted to combat me, my takeover of children, but so far I have little to fear. Some countries, like Kuwait, are spending quite a bit of money to assist those who I have targeted and some, like the United States, would rather spend money on such ludicrous things as discovering the number of American Indians who practice voodoo, as opposed to combating me.

In an atmosphere as that, I can flourish and wreck havoc at will. In places such as that, I rub my hands with glee at the problem I can cause to children, families and to the society at large.

I am Autism.

When I come, I come to stay. I take the dreams and hopes of every parent and trample them with glee. I see the fear and confusion in the eyes of my victims and I see the formation of wrinkles, worries and ulcers and the pain on the face of their parents.

I see the embarrassment their child causes because of me and the parents unsuccessful attempt to hide their child and, me.

I see tears and the parents cry and feel the tears of their child.

I am Autism.

I leave sorrow in my wake.

I am Autism.

I take and give nothing but bewilderment and loathing in return. I take speech and learning, I take socialization and understanding. I take away "common sense" and if I am allowed to flourish, I take away all but their physical life.

I am Autism.

I fear nothing except courage, which I thankfully see little of. I fear those who take a stand against me and attempt to fight me and bring others into the fight as well. I fear those who try to make it safe and easier for my victims in the community, and their families. I fear those who push ahead, despite the fact that I am in tow. I fear the day that I will be eradicated from the planet.

Yet, I do not fear too much right now.

There is no need.

I am Autism and I bet you know me or know of me.

If you don't, you probably will soon. I am marching forward faster than I ever have before. I am looking for new children all the time. I dread the day I will be looked on with pity, or worse yet, understanding, for that day, is the day I will begin to die. But, I don't think that will happen for a long long time though, do you?

In the meantime, I prowl onward, looking to cause pain and suffering wherever I go. I have so much work to do and thankfully, no one is stopping me.

Hello my name is Autism.

Perhaps you know me or know of me..................

I saw this and thought everyone might like to read this. I thought it was so sad, but it's the truth. We deal with this every single day, but we are so blessed to have such magnificent children. We could all learn something from these children, my children. So if you ever decide to help out for a cause, maybe this will be the one you think of. Spreading awareness is just one of the many things we can do to help.

Please be aware that autism is everywhere in all shapes and sizes. So next time your at the supermarket or the toy store and you see a child struggling, give the parents an encouraging smile instead of a look in disgust, because you have no idea what could be going on with that family or child. Not everyone has thick leather skin all the time, not even me!! LOL


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