March 1, 2007

An Autism Day

I sometimes have days that I call "austim days" where I just plain feel discouraged and not as hopeful about Will's future as I usually do. Most days I am extremely hopeful, but today the little things are getting to me. It usually happens when I am around alot of "typical" kids and the difference between Will and them is more noticeable to me. It also happens when I feel that other parents just don't get it. I sometimes feel like Will is invisible to people outside of our family, simply because they just don't know what to do with him sometimes. I understand, but it's still hard.

I never want my posts about autism to feel like a pity party because that's honestly not at all how I feel. I just want you, my friends and family, to understand what it's all about and how it affects our family. I have to say that I am thankful for the love, support, and encouragement we get from you guys about Will. It helps to know that he is loved just how he is and I know that's the case with y'all. I found this video that I thought was a great example of how autism affects Will and our family. Our situation is very positive, probably more so than most of the kids on the film, but the feelings these moms express is exactly how Kyle and I feel.

I don't know how to put this as a direct link, but just post this address in your address line and click on the video on that page.