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.