Julie - posted on 05/08/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )
I'm the mom of an almost 9 yr. old boy with severe autism......he was diag. at age 2 and since that time I've realized why sites like this are soooo important; not that I'm belittling the heartaches and problems that come with other disabilities.....but autism (AS disorders) are in a class all their own due to the inablilty to communicate and the urge for my son to isolate himself (turn inward...into himself...get lost in his own world). Many other disabilities are more straight forward and that can make the struggle with autism so much harder. The other thing about autism is how isolated we become....my son stresses over alot of things in his enviroment to where we have to be very careful where we choose to take him. I myself feel rather lonely despite what a great hubby and kids I have...I can never help out at church, I can't hang out or go visit people that COULD be friends. I admittedly worry about my other 2 kids; they can't 'do' things like go to an amusement park; do various summer activites (a result of the autisic reactions by Erik as well as my own disability); as greatful as I am to have such a great kid like Erik; and Iwe truly believe that God handpicked us to raise such a sweet boy (a compliment that He trusts us with such a daunting task) the autism certainly takes a toll on us all in many ways. So I'm glad that connections here are possible with others that would understand!!!