Please don't take this post the wrong way. I'm ALL for people raising awareness of Autism, and what it is like to live with it, bu...

Please don't take this post the wrong way.

I'm ALL for people raising awareness of Autism, and what it is like to live with it, but for the people who are living with Autism (or with someone who has been diagnosed) it is SO much more than just one day/one month.

It is every minute.
Of every day.
Of every month.
Of every year.
For the rest of their lives.

Sometimes it is exhausting.
Sometimes is heartbreaking.
But it is also exhilarating!

It makes you see the world in a completely different way.
You find new strengths inside of yourself.
You find yourself capable of coping on the smallest amounts of sleep.
You become accustomed to finding new ways around things and new ways of seeing things.

Every single day is different.
Every single day is a learning curve.
But NOT every single day is hard!

I have a child. (Actually I have 6 of them.  I know... I'm insane).
He has Autism.

Autism isn't who he is.

He is just a child!

A child who processes things differently to other children.

The biggest thing I want people to know (and that I want my children to know) ?
That different is NOT bad!
In fact .... Different is GOOD.

Yes, sometimes things may be a little more difficult.
Yes, it can be frustrating (and heartbreaking) to see those struggles.
But everybody struggles at some point in their life.

I want my child to know that he can doing anything that he wants to as he grows up.

I want him to know that anything is possible.

If he wants something he can get it.
It may take him a little longer.
He may have to work a little harder.


Of course, raising awareness is important.

It helps to end the stigma that surrounds 'invisible' disorders like Autism.
It helps people to see a little snippet of what families like mine are coping with every day.
So, by all means, raise awareness.

Show your support.

But while you are raising awareness of these disorders, can I ask something of you?

Can I ask that the biggest thing you become aware of is the people?

Living, breathing people.

People with thoughts and feelings, just like you.
People who want to be treated just like everybody else.
People who have the right to be respected and valued, just like everybody else.
People who deserve to be given the same opportunities as everybody else.

It can be very easy to be lost in amongst all of the facts and figures that are thrown at us at this time of year.

But it is so incredibly important to see the person... not just the disorder.

Missy x

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