I am the mother of 2 very cool and lovable Autistic sons. They are on the opposite ends of the spectrum, but that doesn't stop the love flowing. Each and everyday, I wake up knowing that I was blessed with these 2. Each milestone is always celebrated with hugs and kisses. High 5's for the 13 year old ;) My oldest can talk, but when he gets upset or feels pressured, he will sometimes stutter, stim or tic. My 11 yo is considered nonverbal, but he speaks volumes with his body and smiles. I am not saying we have the best times all of the time. We have meltdowns. We have foods we love 1 day and the next, set us off. I have been very blessed to have loving friends and family to help us. When asked 1 day--"What Autism is" to my son, he said, "just another way my brain works from yours. Just another way to decipher information." It is amazing to see them at their best and working. It is amazing to see them try to figure out how to work a problem or try to "fix" something. They love music and movies, just like other kids. They love friends, just like others. I am teaching them that Autism is something that should never hold you back and this is a world where the impossible is possible. No one should ever tell them, "you can't do it". Autism Day is not a day for us, it is a lifetime and we will work as hard as we can to educate others. We have faced bullies and I am sure, we will continue to do so. It is how you handle the situation, that sets the tone for adulthood. I always worry about the time where I am not here. I hope that I have shown them how to do right by others, love without fear, be productive adults and keep educating those who do not understand Autism. Autism is not a curse, but my blessing. I have always been tolerant towards others, but patience is another thing. I have learned that it isn't always my way or on my time frame. I have always been someone who needs everything, just so and always on time. I have learned over the last 13 years, that time frames are meant to be broken. I love my boys and would never, ever change them. They have taught me to be a better mom, woman and friend....They are my everything and heroes :D
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