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Is There Really A Cure For Autism and Do We Want To Have It?

John Graduation 2016
John Graduation 2016

Our youngest John finally made it! He graduated high school with a bang. With over $400k in therapy since he was two years old, he was able to came out as a nonverbal child to a grade 12 graduate with a full diploma! Yes, we did it! WE DID IT! I feel like shouting these words over and over again. I am so proud and elated for his future that I sobbed like a baby. His soothing words of “It’s okay, Mama” had made all the difference in this world.

So, if I am asked today on whether I am interested about a cure for autism? Not anymore. At some point when he was two until he was like 6 or 7, I was hoping that someone brilliant will suddenly just come on national television announcing that they finally found the real cause of autism or have discovered some drugs that will untangle the brain of each and every child with autism in the universe. Yes, I had hoped before. In fact, I prayed a thousand times for it so my son can have more of everything.

But you see, year after year, I am given every reason to believe that John is perfect as he is. Amid all the struggles that all of us had went through, we were able to rise up the occasion and raised a sweet and thoughtful young man who sees more goodness and kindness in others more than he sees in himself.

Compassionate, this is the perfect word for my son John. He knows when I feel down and agitated. He knows when to give you a pat in the back without even you blurting any word of what’s bottling inside you. It’s like he can see through you and, without judgment or whatsoever, he simply understands. He recognizes his but never complains about them. He is aware of his frailties but smile head on even when the whole world is frowning upon him.

Enjoying his graduation cake
Enjoying his graduation cake

As an autism parent, I know there are others out there who are still trying to unravel their children’s condition. Some of them are, perhaps, hoping that a magic vial will be available soon to relieve them from the constant anxiety and frustrations often common in households with autism kids.

Trust me, the frustrations will always sneak up on you every now and then. It will haunt you and make you feel so down it feels like you will never stand tall and proud again. But it is up to you to let such feeling gnaw at your being. It is up to you to let others get into your skin. Your child, your most precious one maybe different from the rest but he is yours and yours alone. He is a gift that needs to be cherished.

So, if you ask me if I am interested in a cure. Stop it already! I may still not be satisfied in the success that John enjoyed today because I know he can do better in the future, I am confident in my skin that I have raised a good son—autism and all. There is no amount of cure that will change him. He is exceptional as he is and for that, I am forever thankful to the Heavens above.

How about you? What’s your autism story? Share your thoughts with us. Feel free also to visit our Facebook and Twitter pages. We’d love to hear from you.

Autism Social Streams 11-25-2015

25th of November 2015 11:14 AM

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25th of November 2015 09:02 AM

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New #autism training offered online, free to Ohioans #livingautismdaybyday #autism_awareness

25th of November 2015 05:02 AM

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Mom’s sweet photo of little boy with #autism donating socks makes our day –
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25th of November 2015 01:02 AM

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Wrong again, Jenny McCarthy: First it was #vaccines and #autism now it’s #HIV
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24th of November 2015 11:02 PM

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College Professors Suppressing 1st Amendment Rights RE #Vaccine Safety –
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24th of November 2015 09:02 PM

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Tucson mom may face charges over #autism #diet –
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24th of November 2015 09:02 AM

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Elaine Dobbin: #Autism ‘is a crisis’ –
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24th of November 2015 05:02 AM

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Illumina to make #autism #research available online –
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24th of November 2015 01:02 AM

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How do police agencies handle calls for service involving people with #autism?
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24th of November 2015 12:52 AM

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#Autism #jobs: Paraprofessional-Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

24th of November 2015 12:49 AM

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#Autism #jobs:Support For 24yo man with Autism #livingautismdaybyday #autism_awareness

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#Autism #jobs: Group Operations Manager #livingautismdaybyday #autism_awareness

23rd of November 2015 11:02 PM

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Sparrow Rose Jones presents Living the #Autism Spectrum: An Insider’s Perspective –
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23rd of November 2015 09:02 PM

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CDC says 1 in 45 children diagnosed with #autism spectrum disorder –
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Autism Society of Alabama offering “Sensory Santa” program –
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23rd of November 2015 05:01 AM

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How #Swimming Boosts Happiness for Autistic Children –
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23rd of November 2015 01:01 AM

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Scavenger hunt aims to raise money for #autism #research at EVMS –
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23rd of November 2015 12:54 AM

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#Autism #Job: Autism Services Program Manager #livingautismdaybyday #autism_awareness

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#Autism #Jobs: ABA TUTOR (San Diego County) #livingautismdaybyday #autism_awareness

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Missing Lewiston teen with #autism located in Los Angeles – #livingautismdaybyday

SpecialNeedsBookReview.com

“The Importance of Realizing You Are Not Alone”, this is what Pamela Bryson-Weaver hopes her book, Living Autism Day-by-Day: Daily Reflections and Strategies to Give You Hope and Courage will accomplish…  This book may be read all at once and then re-read day-by-day. The second time hopefully you will take the time to journal in your feelings as this has proven to be very therapeutic.

The entries address the world of autism and include some of the following:

  • practical advice
  • inspiring stories and quotes
  • household tips
  • humorous anecdotes
  • facts and statistics
  • hope and encouragement
  • strategies and tips on autistic child-care
  • insights for family, clients, and friends wanting to learn more about autism
  • treatments and research

Brenda Lee Ramsay

This book saved my family … I don’t believe I would have have been able to do that if I hadn’t understood. Your book is a must have. If they had a first aid book bag this be the first book. I impressed a few people that day. Even my self.

Laura Berger

If you’ve ever had questions about ASD’s or want to know how to help a friend, family or loved struggling with an autism spectrum disorder, this is THE resource that makes it simple and easy to navigate. Pamela gives clear advice and words of hope along with resources that will help you offer your families a balanced and loving life despite the diagnoses of ASD!

Kit

From the initial view of the cover, I quickly understood that this was a book which would demonstrate ways to put life back together and make life more solid. This book is certainly well written, containing numerous insights about life, for someone who has had to deal with the life-change of autism, and not. What a wonderful resource that people who deal with autism can turn to for inspiration and help toward the future.

I do know of life-change, after getting hit by a truck and laying in a coma for 37 days. Then, after awakening, having to learn to everything physical again (although, if my mind I know what to do, I had to retrain my body.) Then, 18 years later, getting hit by a truck, the second time, much of my body broken. In a large way, autism and brain injury are similar, so I see that this is a much needed book, even if you have not had to deal with either of these two areas.

Thank you Pamela, for bringing to us these words of hope. Many can learn from this wonderful book about making change work for us.

Frank Healy, HSAM

Pamela Bryson Weaver takes you right into the daily journey of raising an autistic child. You will feel her love, frustration, sadness, and joys throughout the year as you go through the days, as well as her determination to help her son and all autistic children. This is a must read for parents, counselors, child workers, and anyone who has contact with autistic children.

Ann A. McIndoo, Book Coach Extraordinaire

Beautifully written, artistic and poetic. A must read for anyone faced with the challenge of an Autistic loved one. Bravo Pamela!

Willy Drost

Living autism day.by.day is a fantastic book of daily reflections for caregivers of autistic children. Not only does it offer coping strategies for caregivers who are feeling overwhelmed but it is also super EDUCATIONAL, providing resources that the reader can pursue for additional information. Pamela’s love for her own child with autism and her perseverance in providing the best possible upbringing for him radiates from every page of the book and will truly INSPIRE and help all who pick up this book!

Mark Jala, Founder of Cook, Talk, Love

Pamela Bryson-Weaver tells a heartfelt story that can help anyone cope and thrive who has an autistic child. I like how she weaves her story, struggle, and success in a creative way. The daily reflections are powerful. Living autism day.by.day is an enlightened way to look at family harmony, health and happiness when given a diagnosis of ASD. Her book delivers powerful information in a simple and easy to format.