The Veteran’s Day we observe today is a day of honor and
remembrance. To appreciate the valiant
and to pay tribute to the lives lost. To
be grateful for those who have bravely fought, won and ensured our freedom.
A lot of times in our autism community you will hear about
two groups of parents: the newbies
(those just receiving their child’s diagnosis) and the old-timer or veterans
(those who have for years been trudging through, or dealing with, muck, red
tape, school battles, incompetent specialists, ignorant family members or
unbelieving friends). Our own community
doesn’t (yet) have a commemorative day set aside for Herculean efforts we veteran
parents have put forth for our children, for their care, for their needs or for
their hopeful recovery. And, I pray we
never have a day like that!
Of course I pray for the day that our children’s suffering
will be recognized. I pray that those who
have lost their lives because of their condition, or what triggered it, will not
have died in vain. I pray that our
children’s health will no longer be jeopardized and disregarded. I pray that our leaders will finally take a
stand to publicly acknowledge the epidemic of sicknesses that are taking our
children’s future away. I also pray that
these leaders will one day take some action to protect our children’s health
and future. When all of that happens, it
will not be a day of remembering but that of celebrating.
As a “veteran” parent of a severely affected little boy, today
I wish to thank our nation’s unsung military heroes for what they’ve done for
me. Their mission to protect and
preserve my freedom so that I can live freely in this country is one of the
greatest gifts I have and one that I will never take for granted. While I never imagined how different the
parenting that I must do for my own children is compared to that of the typical
parent I thought I’d be, I am forever thankful to be their mother, to love them
to bits and pieces and to have the liberty to do everything I can for
Everyone has had to trudge through their own battlefield at
some point. Whether it be through muck,
red tape or ignorance, remember that someone else’s life played a role in your
ability to persevere through it. Take a
moment today to honor and respect that life; for your future, and mine, certainly
depends on it.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.
Posted by Age of Autism at November 11, 2012 at 5:45 AM