It's not the full story, and it's not the end, because more happened than I care to recall in detail, and we are still learning and evolving as time goes by. Life is a constantly unfolding journey of self discovery, and we are forever intrigued to find out what happens next...
The book begins at the very beginning, when the child who was to change my life so completely arrived into this world. It was not a happy time. It was not a happy birth. I was not expecting to begin again with babies, nappies and sleepless nights. I thought all that was behind me. My marriage was most unhappy too, and the very last thing I wanted was to feel trapped.
As so often in life, the very thing you dread the most gets drawn towards you, and I soon found myself in a cage of my own making. I was ill, exhausted, stressed and overwhelmed - how could it get any worse than this?
The answer to that question came with the controversial MMR vaccine and the shock of domestic violence. Within 48 hours our lives were turned upside down.
In the weeks, months and years to follow, our hand-to-mouth existence, and the new challenge of autism in the family, brought us heartache, desperation, despair, resignation, hope and finally a new understanding of what it means to be human. In the end it brought us the Pearl. In the end it brought us to Love.
Autism: The Light Beyond the Spectrum in available as an ebook from Amazon. You can also get a free app from amazon to read this book from your pc.
If you have, or know of a child or young adult with autism, I would love to hear from you. If you are autistic yourself and would like to make contact, my daughter would be very pleased to know you.
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