Have you ever been driving alone on the interstate and said to yourself “I’m just going to keep driving until I feel better or until I am miles away from all my stress, heartache and pain”? That was me today for 1 minute and 35 seconds. 95 seconds of loud music and rubber on asphalt at 73 mph. Wow what a cure for the blues! But only 95 seconds you say? That’s all it took for me to realize that “whoa is me” doesn’t look good on me at all.
It has been an unusually stressful and heartbreaking couple of weeks for me and instead of working through it and toughing it out as always, I’ve been stewing in it. Last week, I threw myself into cleaning, cooking and craft projects. Yeah, that didn’t help. Finally, today I reached out to another Mom whose been through it. By “it” I mean raising an autistic child. She’s a master of making you feel stupid in 20 words or less, but in a good way. We had a long conversation and by the end of it she says to me “now don’t you feel better…that will be $100.” 😂 Of course she was kidding but I really did feel better.
I cannot stress enough the importance of support from family and friends. Raising an autistic child is challenging and it cannot be done alone. A family member or friend may not be enough because they may not truly understand. There are support groups in every state to help you along your autism journey. Reach out to your child’s therapists or early interventionists. From one autism Mom to another, reach out to someone because you cannot do it alone.