We started this blog in August 2011. We had so many emotions, thoughts, and opinions bottled up inside that we just started spewing out posts. At that time, we didn’t have a clear direction and we weren’t sure how personal we wanted to get. As time has gone on and we’ve received your excellent feedback, we now realize that people want us to be more specific and personal. Apparently, our readers want to hear what Annie and Brody were like at their most challenging times and what they are like today.
This makes sense because we remember when we started on this journey, we loved hearing stories from other parents (and still do). They made us feel understood and gave us hope and the strength to keep going.
So we are going to take you back to the beginning and catch you up on all the details. Some of it will be painful to re-live but we also believe it will be therapeutic for us. It is easy to take for granted the subtle gains our children make. Remembering the worst times makes us more appreciative of what we have now. We hope to convey to our readers, dealing with autism, that you are not alone and there is always hope.
We’d love to hear your stories as well. We are going to start by telling you about the moment we first connected the word AUTISM to our children, our first defining moment with autism. Do you remember yours? What was it like for you?