There’s nothing to be done but keep moving forward when the going gets tough. I rarely talk about the tragedies in my life, but, I have experienced my share. My husband and I have a wonderful daughter who recently turned 23. When I reflect from the time she was born until today, it’s been quite a ride. When our daughter was 6 years old, she was diagnosed with verbal Autism, Autism? I had heard of it, but didn’t quite understand what that meant. Through the years we had countless therapies, various schools, special diets, and far too much to list. I won’t go through what my husband and I went through but I want to talk about the feelings you go through when a monkey wrench is thrown into your daily life.
I remember when I got the news from the Audiologist that my daughter has Autism, I sat quietly and listened to the doctor, asked my questions, and left her office very puzzled. Now I could have been angry, or fallen into a depression, or even said why me? But I chose to fight, and find out everything there was to understand about Autism. I began to go into Operation Rescue Alex. I chose to be happy and help my child to the fullest. I got moving with my life. I refused to see myself as the victim. You can choose how you see a scenario and choose how you will handle it. When I would look at my daughter, I saw a beautiful child, and today she has grown into a beautiful adult.
To me, it didn’t matter what the outcome would have been for our daughter; you have to love purely, and unconditionally, and keep moving forward. I always saw my daughter as perfect. When you see the positive, positive does return to you. Obstacles do come into everyone’s lives, but the key is Choice. You can choose to let it drag you down and make you a bitter person, or you can get moving again. My husband and I have always chosen to keep moving forward. It’s not what you’re dealt with but rather how you choose to handle it.
That is the real lesson in our life time!