July 7, 2008

Becoming Like Ruth

When the In-Laws Have Trouble Accepting Your Child’s Special Needs

The subject of Autism has brought out a number of different responses from those around us since the day my son, Xander, was diagnosed. I remember being fully charged and ready to seek out any information on the subject, and though devastated inside, I knew that I could not accept the ideas that we were facing "a lost cause." This would not be the end of the story for my son, it would simply be a different story. As I poured through the self-help section of numerous bookstores and on-line vendors, I slowly began to grasp that there would be no quick fix and no definitive answers on how to raise my child.

How could this be? Why didn’t they have causes and treatment solutions readily available? Why were doctors quick to medicate upon diagnosis? Would we ever be able to take a breath and stop fighting for our son?

Perhaps the most thought provoking aspect of this new path God laid out for us was when I started receiving emails from fellow parents sharing their testimonies. I think for parents, particularly mothers, it is much easier to discuss the progressions and pitfalls with nameless, faceless individuals facing the same scenarios in their own homes as they discover the new world of Autism as well. One of the most common issues that I read, almost daily, was the hardships these parents faced in sharing this "problem" with their own families.

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8 comments:

Kelsey said...

God Bless you! I cant wait to read more!

Elissa said...

A really thoughtful post (and beautifully written). Thank you for sharing :-)

Sarcasta-Mom said...

Great post. Families can be so tricky, especially those from an older generation, where things were so different when it came to the way they treated people with disabilities.

Thanks for the great perspective, as always :)

Melissa said...

Great article Angela, well spoken and poignant.

Aunt Julie said...

What a touching post! I read the entire article, and I really feel for you and your family. I'm glad I found your blog--thanks for stopping by mine as well, and sharing your thoughts on lake vacations!

courtney said...

I hope you are getting paid for your awesome writing, Andie! The daughter-in-law/mother-in-law relationship is so tricky in the best of situations. I commend you for recognizing that and surrendering to a peaceful existence while holding your ground. That's an art :)

Victoria said...

Beautifully written, A. This was so nicely done.

Angela DeRossett said...

V, you don't know what that means coming from you. Muah!