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Today My Son Was Diagnosed with Autism

Autism. 

Autism. One word that changed everything, even though nothing changed.

Autism. A diagnosis that is now part of my reality. It's not out there anymore. Autism is part of my family and a part of my future.

Autism. A label given my son at the age of 3 that will be with him for a lifetime.

Will this label define him? How will it change our lives?

This Video was taken the day my son was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). . . Here is the raw, honest truth; my reaction to this life-altering diagnosis. 

You like reality TV? It doesn’t get any more real than this. . .

UPDATE - March 2018: My reflection 5 years after this diagnosis video was made. (My son is 8 years old.)

In 2013 I started an i'mpossible, recovery from autism.
(to clarify: I see impossible as I'mPossible and imperfect as I'mPerfect)

When my son was first diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) I wondered “What does that mean?”  

5 years later I now know it means we do a lot of therapy. (as much as 11 apointments a week)

It means I’ve had to teach him about social cues and about relationships and how to be a friend.  

It means I’ve become his best expert, advocate and his cheerleader. 

It means I’ve come to value JOY more and fear less.

It means I’ve come to value long term gain. . . made in small steps because sometimes there is no quick and easy solution. 

It means I’ve come to value curiosity over comparing because comparison is the thief of joy unless I’m comparing him to who he used to be and then all I can do is weep with joy because of the progress he has made.

I've come to value progress over perfection and presence over presents 🎁 

I now always look for the best, whats going right and what I liked about a situation or behavior, so we can build on that. 

I've come to observe more and wait. Sometimes for a while for him to answer. I dont need to answer for him. 

I value him as a person, no matter what because he is valuable, he belongs and he is worthy. 

Always, in all ways. 

We are helping each other to find Joy in the JOurneY because joy always there, sometimes you just need a little help to see it. 

With a great full heart of love and joy. 
Lindsey

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