We Don’t Dream Our Lives….. WE LIVE THEM!
Last week I was at a function organized to raise awareness for autism and I remember seeing this mom who is a respected member of the autism community with her son who is on the spectrum. I remember seeing her give him verbal instructions on what he needed to do and still having to shadow him about to ensure the instructions are carried out properly. It made me pause and think and brought tears to my eyes. “Does this ever end?” “would my son always need support?”
I was overcome with a lot of emotions in my corner on the floor while the world around me moved on. Indeed I have been down that rabbit hole of depression and mourned the child and the future I was expecting to have but like I said in my earlier write-ups, the Almighty is a just God, never make mistakes.
Its been a slow process adjusting my heart and mind to what ‘IS’ rather than holding on to what I wanted. The more I adjust to and accept reality, the more I am able to see the good things and the joy God is holding for me in the midst of it. No matter what dark circumstances I face, I have peace knowing that the light of Christ’s life has overcome it.
I have learn’t to keep my eyes on God and not on my circumstances. I write to encourage you out there reading this, whether you are dealing with a new diagnosis, a new set of complications, or a new stage of life with its own challenges and learning curves, take heart, dear friend, God will see you through these unwelcome changes; may you find hope in God’s unchanging character.
Remember to build a functional support system and don’t be afraid to lean on other parents who are further down the road for strength.
Indicators of autism usually appear by age 2 or 3 and research shows that early intervention leads to positive outcomes later in life for people with autism. Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder is NOT a DISEASE; it refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and non-verbal communication.
There are many subtypes of Autism most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors and because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strength and challenges. Some people with autism may require significant support in the daily lives, while others may need less support and in some cases live entirely independently. At the end of the day, we don’t dream our lives…….WE LIVE THEM!
So stay informed, educate yourself, spread love and above all DON’T GIVE UP HOPE.
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written by Solape Azazi