Thursday, April 2, 2015

We Are Aware!

TJ was diagnosed with autism in August of 2002.

It's easy to go back to that sad, scary day.  In an instant I am sitting on that couch with Sean, hearing those words "He has autism".  And in an instant I feel that mix of pain, relief, and complete grief.

Pain and grief for dreams we had to say goodbye to, and for a future we envisioned that was not to be.  Relief for knowing that finally, after months of knowing something wasn't right, we can begin to help our boy.

Although I can be back there in an instant, with one single thought, I don't stay for long.

Now, a world away, we have a very capable almost 15 year old ("A month and 3 days until my birthday mom!").

He is in high school.

He gets himself from class to class.

He studies.

He does homework.

He bathes himself.

He dresses himself.

He has friends.  Good ones.

He texts with his brother.  They razz each other back and forth.

He loves raunchy movies.  Not too raunchy - think "Dodgeball".

He loves to repeat the worst lines of those raunchy movies.

He laughs.

He smiles.

He loves.

He is TJ.  He is his own growing, changing kid.  He is amazing.

So while we think of that day almost 13 years ago, we never stay there for very long.  No need to.

He is forming his own future.  With help.  But we can't wait to see what happens next.


  1. Thanks for this - I have been reading so many posts/articles from parents who feel overwhelmed - I was starting to wonder if we are the only ones with an autistic teen who are not feeling that way. Our daughter is much like your son I think - she does her schoolwork, takes care of herself and occasionally takes care of her sister. I know we have many challenges ahead, but we are able to look back at all of the challenges she has already overcome and feel a lot of hope for the future.

    1. You got it! It's so hard to look back, but so important to remember how far we ALL have come. Here's to HOPE! XO