Our journey began the moment a twister picked us up, thrashed us around and dumped us, head first, into the modern land of Oz – AUTISM.
Life changed radically.
We were unwilling visitors, thrust into a scary, unfamiliar world. Never before had we felt so alone.
Were there others like us unsure of what direction to go? Were we the only ones searching for the all mighty Wizard of Oz and the hope he could return us to Kansas? There had to be ways of getting back to our old life. What were our options?
We write this blog to share our journey with autism (the ups and downs) and to connect with others in similar situations. We are not doctors and we do not have all the answers. We’re just two moms seeking the truth, providing information we find along the way and sharing our mind-baffling trip through Oz.
Our children are now 7 and 8 and our personal experiences on the road have varied, some good, some bad. Raw emotions guided us in the beginning, but as time passed researching, networking and a lot of trial and error, we began to move forward in our quest to regain the health and well-being of our children.
There are plenty of “wizards” who will have opinions or treatment plan ideas. Becoming educated on what is out there will help you make the best and most informed decisions. Beware of the wizards or naysayers who will try to gain your trust through smoke and mirrors. They specialize in preying on the scared, desperate and weary. If you are searching for THE WIZARD, educate yourself thoroughly before implementing anything various wizards tell you to do.
The road may take you to places, extreme or unusual, but in the end it is in your hands to evaluate the pros and cons of all treatments/protocols and decide the best course of action for you, your child and family.
We have not found our way back to Kansas yet. But we continue to stroll along the Yellow Brick road in our quest for answers and solutions.
As the old saying goes, patience is a virtue.