Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Day 63 Awareness, Acceptance Featured!

As the day wore on and I was incredibly lazy for the most part of the day, I was beginning to wonder if I was going to have anything to write about today! Just as I was stressing about the impending hurricane screwing up my vacation this weekend, and I was making back up plans with distaste, I got an email that brightened my day.
I got an email from Sarah from Accepting and Embracing Autism that I am the feature blog this week on Autism Awareness Wednesday Blog Hop for my Awareness, Acceptance post. I couldn’t be happier about that! But maybe for a different reason than expected. I would normally be thrilled to have more people view my blog and I achieve higher page views. This is a little different. It hits closer to home to me. This feature means more people will read about Asperger’s Syndrome and learn more about this form of autism. The reason I wrote that post to begin with was to spread awareness about the disorder that affects my son’s life every day. With awareness, I can expect understanding to grow. Understanding is what will change the lives of those affected by autism. I love some of the Aspergian traits of my son, but the social difficulties and frustrations he experiences would be much easier on him if he had more compassion and consideration from all of those around him. 
If I could have picked any post from my 62 days of blogging, Awareness, Acceptance is the one I would have chosen over any other one. And it simply because I want my son’s life to be better. Plain and simple. I know that I should be concerned with the bigger autism picture, but the more I put information out there for him, the more other’s may benefit from it as well. I know my blog states that I’m looking for my smile and that’s true. However, I’m hoping that I will find my son’s smile, help another mom who might be feeling the same as me find their smile, and help other families affected by autism find smiles and appreciation! If I can accomplish any of this with blog, it’ll all be worth it by miles and miles. Every time some one reads my Awareness, Acceptance post, I smile. That’s one my person closer to understanding and that’s a good reason to light up inside.


  1. Beautiful. I'm still working on the acceptance part with a fairy recent diagnosis of #3 son being on the spectrum. I'll get there. In time.

  2. Marianne, it takes time. By the time we got a diagnosis, I was ready for it. My son wasn't diagnosed until age 9 w/ Asperger's. I had known something was going on, and we just wanted him to get more support from school. The diagnosis has gotten him the help he needs. Just keep being the good mom you are and advocate for your son. When you take charge, you feel empowered. Nothing will hold you back!

  3. Thanks for friending me on voiceBoks, Kelly! Yesterday my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It's encouraging to learn about moms who are bringing their kids through similar challenges.
    God bless!

  4. Thank you for the friendship on VB. I am pleased to know you here. I do not have these challenges with my children, but as a preschool teacher, I have witnessed many families struggling with this. You are all amazing and strong parents. We all have our own challenges, for sure, and finding our smile, as you say, can be difficult at times. I think this is a wonderful plan of yours to rediscover YOURS through journaling in this blog.

  5. Hi kelly, thank you so very much for your thoughtful and kind comment!! You don't seem pushy at all. I truly appreciate your words and suggestions and will be sure to check it out. Hey, I'm willing to try anything. :)
    First of all, I wanted to say that I absolutely love the idea behind your blog. So inspirational, you are!!
    I am sending over many positive thoughts and prayers to you are your family. I admire your drive and dedication to making life so beautiful, no matter what obstacles you face.
    Wishing you a fantastic day!
    Maria :)