You All Are the BEST.

Aw, you guys. Thank you.

I’m usually pretty chill about publishing stuff here, but I was a little freaked out about my last post. Usually I write, revise, edit, reread, and publish, all in short order. That last post stayed in my drafts folder for quite a while as I tried to find the right words.

Late last night, I clicked publish, pushed the link out on Facebook and Twitter and went to bed before feedback could come back in. I was nervous. But you guys were so great to me. Thank you.

I feel like I’m always saying that to you guys. You all are so good to me. I appreciate you so much.

I read every comment, email, Facebook message, and tweet at least twice, from both some of my oldest friends and from some people who are new to me as of today—and many folks in between. I love you/it is a pleasure to meet you and thank you so much for your support. I haven’t had a chance to respond to all of you, but I will. Until I do, you should know that every word you wrote to me was meaningful.

*****

I seems a little gauche to thank you and then advertise a link, but as long as I have you here, I might as well send you over to Autism Unexpected, where I wrote about taking Jack to his school’s end-of-the-year carnival. Just don’t look too much at the photo that accompanies it. I didn’t choose that photo and, in fact, it kind of stresses me out to look at it. Just scroll right down to the words.

I’ll probably write more often over there now considering that I’m not writing my White Knuckle Parenting column anymore due to budgetary reasons. (Theirs, not mine.) They were lovely to me over there at the Wheaton Patch. I miss them.

9 thoughts on “You All Are the BEST.

  1. Pretty sure we should be thanking you. So I will. Thank you.
    And that’s sad about the Patch. I liked your columns over there.
    Of course, I like your columns over here. I like your columns anywhere.

  2. You are all kinds of amazing. I admire your openness and honesty.

    I loved that Autism Unexpected column. I could so relate on many, many levels.

  3. Wow! I just caught up on your last 4 posts and I had missed A LOT. I’m glad your new diagnosis is helpful to you. I know figuring out that I had SPD (among other things) has really made a difference in the lens I use to view the world.

    Your last 2 posts were brave, amazing, and wonderful all at the same time. You never know how well Jack may end up “fitting in”, for lack of better words. Plus with all of the strong advocates out there, just maybe the world will shift to be more inclusive.

  4. Thank you for your honesty & trust to tell us your story. I’m just starting on this journey with my son. I have looked at him & his father on the spectrum, but looked at my own issues as just “quirks”. Thank you for showing us it’s ok to get help & find our answers. It gives me courage to maybe look harder in the mirror. Thanks for your humor & insights on your posts – let’s us newbies know we are not alone!

  5. Just read your carnival post having just written a dangerous castle + dyspraxic AS children = potential headache one myself! I SO understand the feelings you describe of a) constantly panicking about where they are as they vanish into the crowds in different directions (and we only have 2) and even more so b)the heart-wrenching feeling of watching them on the outside of every group. 

    A few years ago I sat in the car and wept as I watched our eldest standing on the school football pitch with a game being played all around him. He was totally bewildered and ended up crouched down in a far corner playing with a twig. And no one noticed except me.

  6. I want to leave a comment, but it feels like all the things I want to say have already been covered!  You are brave and amazing and awesome, I love you and your writing, and thank you for letting us into your life – even (maybe especially) the hard bits.
    <3

  7. I’m so glad you got a diagnosis and it is helping.  Thank you for always being so honest – your column is really educational for those of us who do not have autistic kids, and aren’t autistic ourselves.

  8. We’ve just recently jumped on the autism wagon ourselves, with our 12-yo son getting a diagnosis of high-functioning autism at the IEP we requested so he wouldn’t fall through the cracks in 7th grade. Went for a walk-through of the junior high with an elementary special ed and the counselor – some of the words she used made me see M through different eyes – “satellite behavior” was one that really struck home.

    Reading your posts is eye-opening, in a good way, for me – and I can so relate to a parent getting diagnosed after their child’s diagnosis. M’s multi-page evaluation had 2 paragraphs that just screamed “ME!!” I’ve kind of felt the same way about his ADHD, as well, even with that diagnosis coming way back in first grade. I’m thinking I may need to seek not only counseling help for him, but a diagnosis and treatment for me. It’s never to late to give yourself a good life!

    Keep advocating for your kids, and keep educating all your readers – we truly appreciate it!

  9. People like you. They really like you! (And I’m not being sarcastic. I think you got such a great response because you are so great to people.)

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