Fundraising and awareness-raising events are being held across the globe today (April 2), to mark the sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day.
Celebrity mom Holly Robinson Peete is joining in on the efforts. The actress shares a thoughtful blog on Huffington Post about her 15-year-old son RJ who was diagnosed with autism at the tender age of 3. Continue reading about her son who has “exceeded so many expectations.”
“In January of 2000 I heard words that would change my life: “Your son has classic autism.” I remember thinking then — desperately seeking a silver lining — is “classic” a good thing? Like a “classic” car or film? Then the very “bedside-manner challenged” pediatrician who was delivering this news went on to rattle off the many things our RJ would “never” do: talk, make friends, mainstream in school, participate in organized sports (that went over so well with my QB hubby. Kidding. So not kidding.). Oh and she topped it off with this gem: You will never hear him say the words ‘I love you’ unprompted.” Lovely. Thanks, Dr. Dreamcrusher,” Holly writes.
She adds: “It felt as though the bar of his life was lowered to within an inch of the ground. He was just 3.”
The proud mom goes on to talk about her son who has shattered many of the myths.
“Smash cut to: 10 years later — not only had RJ checked all of these “nevers” off his list but he had exceeded so many expectations which had been so easily dismissed by this diagnosis,” she writes. “Be clear, I am fast-forwarding over that decade’s countless challenges, obstacles and dark valleys that have at times been overwhelmingly trying. The journey through denial, public stigma, academic challenges and various other emotional issues were character building at best and drop-to-your-knees painful at worst. However, in the face of jarring statistics our marriage survived where so many don’t. Yay! As a family we fought hard for our boy and he fought for himself. And the fact is that RJ eventually made some friends and he can’t stop telling me he loves me felt like a big fat Powerball win!”
Continue reading Holly’s blog at Huffington Post…