About Me

I am the proud mother of 6 children. 5 of our children have autism. We do not feel our world has ended, but just begun. We do not chelate, intervene biochemically, give shots of any kind, practice ABA, etc. We treat them as we treat any humanbeing. We treat them with kindness and respect and expect the same from them. They are exceptional children.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

IT IS ABOUT TIME...

My family was on Good Morning America in September of 2005. Our family was represented well and the producer involved was nothing short of wonderful.
They showed our family as it is...a family. They represented us as a typical family with only one thing different...we have 5 children with Autism.
At the time of the airing...we were the only DOCUMENTED family with 5 autistic children.

We have always felt blessed to have 6 children...even though 5 have Autism...
We have never been the "woe is me family" who rely on others to take care of our family.
My husband works 2 jobs and I work part-time. I OCCASIONALLY get a nap...I do joke about taking one (some people take me seriously...hahahaha).
I cook EVERY meal at home and am happy to do so in my wonderful kitchen. I love to cook.
Luckily, I now have 4 daughters and 1 son who love to help me in the kitchen.

Today is my anniversary, and my darling husband is out in this 98 degree heat umpiring his ass off. Happy Anniversay Patrick......I love you so much.

On Monday, Good Morning America showed the Neurodiverse side of Autism....I could not be happier. On television was Ari Ne'eman and Kristina Chew...2 great examples of Neurodiversity.
They represented my children and my family perfectly. Thanks guys.
Kristina and Ari were dead-on in their examples of why Neurodiversity is the way we should treat our Autistic children and how society should treat them too.

All I have to say is...IT IS ABOUT TIME.

I am sick of the Jenny McCarthy who cannot make up her mind whether her child is autistic or not.....reading about parent's who are chelating children to "cure" or "recover" them....praying dearly for a young boy who is about to get his second injection in Costa Rica for stem cells that we don't know where they come from....to parent's who just cannot fathom the idea of a non-perfect child.

I am thrilled to read about parent's who embrace not only their amazingly gifted children, but have the guts to show the world it is okay to be Autistic.....BRAVO to you....

5 comments:

Maddy said...

I think we all need to yell a bit louder [but in a polite tone of course!]
Cheers

Domestic Goddess said...

I can't even begin to tell you how happy it made me to see them on GMA. Mostly because I want people to stop feeling sorry for me and think that I live this horrible life. I'll admit it is quite difficult sometimes and there are times that I cry and pout and think "It isn't fair." But that lasts about five minutes and then I'm back to advocating for my kids and loving them for the amazing little beings that they are. I don't think I'd know them as well as I do now if it weren't for Autism. Thanks for bringing this issue to light.

Anonymous said...

Yay Mom!

(Yet another Patrick)

VAB said...

Well said!

amy said...

Your exactly right - I hate the fact that when I tell people that my sons are autistic they gave me this pity look. I love my kids, regardless. Kudos to you.

Best wishes,

Amy