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"One of the first things I remember about that time was relief… yes, relief. At least I knew what I was facing and could begin focusing my energy on a specific path."

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Most thought what a great thing I did so that my son can have every chance in the world. Then there were some who were negative about it and couldn't believe I could do that to my son, he is so young, he looks perfectly fine and he will grow out of it and now he has a stigma that will follow him for the rest of his life.

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"My 2-year-old son was recently diagnosed with autism. He stopped talking altogether at 18 months but I kept thinking, “There is no way my son could have autism.” It was always one of my biggest fears. But there it was, through many professionals I was told, its autism…"

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"The saying, it takes a village is magnified when you have a child with autism and we have built a small army of family and friends who support us, love us, and want to see our son excel."

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There I was sitting in the office contemplating what my friends and family had said to me leading up to the appointment… “It’s just a speech delay” “All boys talk later than girls” “No, not your son, he’s so smart”

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That’s the thing about autism – it isn’t always glaring or obvious. These children don’t walk around with signs on that say “I have autism”. Their struggles are internal and they are often times misunderstood by their peers.

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I don't know if others understand the excitement I feel when Drake picks up a toy on his own and plays with it the way it was intended. Or when he said "mom" for the first time.

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