Life contains many humbling experiences. For me the most humbling of all experiences occurred in March 2003. That is when the word “autism” intruded upon my world and forever altered my dreams and aspirations for my daughter, Jordynn. Jordynn is autistic. This disorder impairs her ability to make friends, express her ideas and process the world around her.
Siblings of autistic children are 3-5 times more likely to be afflicted with autism. At the age of two our second daughter, Jocelynn, was diagnosed with autism. She too experienced delays in speech, language, and her social-emotional development. Although not as limited as her sister, Jocelynn works very hard to overcome the challenges associated with her disability.
I cannot put into words the range of emotions that were experienced when I learned my children were different. After ten years of walking this journey I feel obligated to share our story with others. Though not easy, the classification of “autism” has not been a scarlet letter on the chest of my children. They are different – yes, but NOT less. I share our story in order to help others reach beyond autism as well. Kindly spread the word about our efforts and share with others.