Today is the last day of Autism Awareness Month. While I try to share my experiences of dealing with Autism in my family often - to foster meaningful conversation, point to resources and work to lessen stigma - it seems more than appropriate to amplify that sharing now. I want to be a part of fostering a culture - online and in real life - that creates safe enough spaces for people to feel they can share.
I got the angel bear pictured in this photo in 2009, when I left the hospital. I'd expected to be leaving with my baby son. It was a hard, long road to coming to grips with that reality, and eventually healing from the profound hurt. I've gained several lessons in the process . . . and also learned that while MANY experience this pain, only few ever feel comfortable speaking about it. That has to change. ⬆️CLICK PIC TO READ MORE⬆️