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United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Posted Aug 02 2009 12:00am

Kentucky By Crystal Engler

I'm a biomed mom.  Always have been, always will be.  If my child recovers or stops the protocol for any reason, I'll still be a biomed mom.  It's in my blood.  I have a recovery sticker on my dilapidated Taurus and lead in my feet (literally).  Don't tailgate me.  I have a surmounting debt problem and a bone to pick with the pharmaceutical companies.  I can clean up an explosive diarrhea episode while quoting Blue's Clues (thanks Big Pharma for sparing my child from the mumps!).  It's just who I am now.

That being said, what I don't understand is the great divide that sets the autism community apart.  Aren't we all in it for the good of our children?  I've fought enough in my life; I don't care to do it with autism parents.  Fine, some believe autism should be embraced, some think it should be recovered.  Do what you have to with your child.  Honestly, I don't have the time and energy to care.  What gets me are the parents who blast those of us who are working for a recovery.  I've never heard a biomed mom publicly raving (especially on a regular basis) about how neurodiverse mothers should be fighting for their children.  However, I've come across many anti-biomed parents who are hell-bent on trashing Jenny McCarthy and others like her.  Why?  Why do we have to be separate in our fight?  As Kentucky's state motto goes, "United we stand, divided we fall."  Can't we all just get along?      

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