By Kristi | Published | 2 Comments
I know you’re out there. I know you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, frightened and maybe, even alone. You have been given a tremendous task and the responsibilities can weigh very heavily on your heart, mind and soul. So many questions and you’re searching for all of the answers. You are not alone and I’m here to tell you that you can achieve your goal. There is hope and there is help. I know because I’ve been there and I want to help you.
As the mother of a 27 year old son with autism, I’ve had many experiences over the years. Starting from the day I realized, even before his official diagnosis, that my son was autistic. With that realization came a myriad of emotions-anger, fear, grief and sadness. It was a scary and lonely time. I could feel myself succumbing to all the predetermined definitions of what the future held for my son and our family. The life I had envisioned for my son and our family, would change forever. Overwhelmed by the task at hand, I felt myself falling into the abyss and I knew I had to fight my way out.
My reasons for creating this blog are very personal. I think back now to those early years when I sat at my computer for hours, searching, exploring and looking for anyone or anything to guide me. I also remember the times where I felt alone and isolated, sometimes defeated. Those were the times when the support and encouragement from others who had traveled similar journeys, gave me the strength to keep going. It was an important reminder that no matter how many times you get knocked down, it’s getting back up that counts.
It is so easy to fall into the trap of only seeing the obstacles and challenges. Yet 25 years has shown me that there are many unexpected and beautiful moments along the way. We need to embrace them and understand those lessons as well. The beauty of sharing our highs and lows brings us closer to support and encourage each other. We are a wealth of knowledge, experience, compassion and a force to be reckoned with. Together, we can and will succeed.
My hope is that whatever you come here looking for, you find it. I’m willing and happy to answer any questions or discuss any topic or my own personal experiences. I welcome you to share yours as well. I don’t claim to have all the answers but I do care. It is my hope that Rain Mom is a place of support, inspiration and caring.
I know you’re out there and you are not alone.
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I foresee this blog becoming a soft place to fall for families who have walked the autism path and those just beginning the trail. So proud of you Kris.
I look forward to sharing your blog, and I appreciate how you create this safe space to express and feel all that comes with motherhood and autism.