I am convinced that I have the best readers any blogger could hope for. No matter what I post, so many of you jump in with wonderful comments and emails. I was absolutely overwhelmed by the support received after yesterday's post, "Burning Out".
I know that many of our friends and family were surprised by that post. People who see my kids on a regular basis have not witnessed many of the items I presented in that list. For some reason, my little darlings prefer to reserve their 'best' behavior for Mommy. Even Daddy is spared the diaper changing battles and he is rarely resisted when placing the children in their car seats.
The primary caregivers on the front lines of the autism battle have a story to tell. We are making progress in raising awareness that autism does exist and that it is harder on families than most people can imagine. But, most of us shy away from sharing some of the more difficult aspects of our experience because we don't want to sound like we are whining and complaining. There is also the risk of being negatively judged by those who do not understand. I believe the time has come to let the world in and educate others on the realities of autism. There is so much more to it than meets the eye.
I would also like to add that I am doing well. Yes, I often feel like I am burning out. And, it's true that sometimes even the 'good' days suck. But, I am in this for the long haul. Jake has already progressed more than I ever thought he would. In our earliest days on the spectrum, I would never have imagined that he would one day talk as well as he does now. I am confident that he will continue to improve and eventually, the rest of the pieces will fall into place.
Just be glad that I didn't attempt to write that list two years ago. Those days were REALLY bad.
Thanks again for reading and for the support!