So reading this story reminded me a lot of my own story. Starting with my son’s diagnosis of epilepsy, later changing to autism. My marriage fell apart as well, also in part because his mom later came out of the closet. The stress of it all really took its toll on my health as well.
The article here is entitled “When a Single ‘Supermom’ Is Crippled by Back Pain“ by Remy Tumin at the New York Times. It takes me back again to the phrase, it takes a village to raise a child.
With my son turning eighteen next year and becoming an adult, I found this article rather intriguing. What’s interesting is not so much that they’re adults with autism but the fact that went though their childhood not knowing.
The article is entitled “When An Autism Diagnosis Comes In Adulthood” by Katherine Du and Eric McDaniel over at NPR. For me, the disappointment was not having the diagnosis until he was five. Unfortunately, before that he was epileptic (thankfully though, he’s been seizure free for many years now).