Reasons to be Grateful 16

I have put off doing my gratitude post this week hoping for something that makes me grateful.  Today I learned a preliminary MRI report indicates my brother’s cancer has not spread, so it hopefully is curable.  I am grateful for this and for my three brothers.  Yes, I am the baby.

Tonight I watched part of “The Kennedys” mini-series.  I am grateful that frontal lobotomies are no longer routinely done.  I am grateful that children are no longer institutionalized due to mental challenges.  I would still like to see more changes in the way people treat those with any differences, and I am hopeful that we will see more changes.

I mentioned my dream for the future in one of my December posts.  You can read it here. The last few weeks this has been constantly on my mind.  I want to see a world where people really understand how autism spectrum affects every aspect of life and how severe bullying along with being  misunderstood can cause problems even years later.

I dream of the day that children on the spectrum who are experiencing sensory overload or anxiety get the same level of support from their peers, teachers, counselors, principals, and everyone involved in their life as a child undergoing chemotherapy gets.  I hope and pray that day will come.  I am so tired of trying to explain to people how important this is, but I am grateful that at least more people listen now than they did four years ago.

I hope many of you will sign up for at least one book give away from Help! S-O-S for Parenting during the Book Review and Give Away for Autism Awareness for the April fifteenth Best-of-Best Series. The more people understand our precious children the better.  See my previous posts for more details.


  1. I am very happy for your brother! That is fantastic news and reason for hope. I didn’t realize the Kennedy mini-series started. Have to on demand that. I agree. What a terrible time period for the disabled, and a tragedy for that family.

    I like your vision for Autism Awareness and I think we come closer to that reality with each passing year.

    OT: I was surprised to see how many Autism parents don’t like Autism Awareness Month anymore and it was interesting to hear all the reasons why.

    • Thank you! I do feel hopeful for him.

      It was a terrible time indeed and I do believe we will continue to improve Autism Awareness. I was aware of the controversy around it, but I think the way President Obama worded his proclamation should make everyone happy. I think the reason people are against it is because so many still want to “fix” our children instead of giving them skills to cope better and teaching tolerance and acceptance and understanding. I do get that. However, I am going to continue to shout from the roof tops until our world is a better place for our children and for the adults on the spectrum too. My daughter’s life improves with real understanding.

  2. I’m sorry I’ve been lax in getting around to comment on your blog. I’ve been making necklaces and it seems it is either creating or blogging. I do get your blog through my e-mail so wanted you to know that I do always read it.
    I’m glad your brother’s cancer has not spread and am wishing him a full recovery.

    • Grace,
      Thank you! Taking time for your creative side requires no apology. I am gradually trying to get back to commenting on other’s blogs. Things are still a little hectic here, but we are working on it.

  3. Too funny I had just posted the other day that I am thankful that the provider can take my daughter to her activities. When I was sick it just did not happen. Now, the majority of the time, they do it.

    • Thank you! I am hopeful he will make a full recovery, but I did learn his insurance company plans to make him uninsurable after the surgery which really seems stupid. So much for Obama healthcare making things better for those with preexisting conditions! Ridiculous since he has had coverage for years!

  4. Oh, yes, I just left a comment on bbsmum’s post at Rachel’s blog about how I so wish we would give the teachers and staff enough training and coaching to give our kids the support they need no matter what environment they are in.

    I find it interesting that despite my son’s acting out for three weeks at school, he only did it once at home. I think my response, both in terms of the consequences for his behavior and in terms of how I structured the environment following that, contribute directly to the fact that he has not been aggressive again at home since then.

    Glad to hear there is a bit of hope with your brother’s situation. Praying for a full recovery!

    • Thank you! I agree teacher and staff training would help. Unfortunately, even people who try to understand sometimes generalize and assume autism spectrum is one size fits all and actually do more harm than the ones who know nothing. 😦

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