There seems to be this crazy division between autism parents. Two extremes. There’s one side that’s the Jenny McCarthy following that’s all about curing autism and then there’s the opposite side with parents who think she’s full of BS.
I dunno what to think. I’m going to try EVERYTHING I can, but I’m not putting much faith in biomedical therapy because, well, my case is different. Silas didn’t “catch” autism. He wasn’t perfectly fine and then he went backwards developmentally. The MMR had no effect on him. We were wondering about him from day one. He was just always different. If anything he’s gotten better with time.
The thing I hate about the whole Jenny McCarthy thing is that she’s got the money to do something about it. She can afford all the mumbo jumbo and she can afford to find what works for her kid and not worry about money spent on things that don’t work. The rest of us can’t do that.
I dunno much about either side but I don’t want to be on any of them. I just want to find what works for Silas. I think being close minded about treatments is in a way neglecting your kid. Perhaps that’s harsh but we gotta try everything to make their lives easier.
I do NOT think my son needs a “cure”. I think that’s balls. I just want him to be happy, and he is. If he doesn’t look autistic anymore then that’s cool but I want to embrace him, he didn’t contract autism, it’s a part of him, it’s who he is. I used to think the other way. That he wasn’t autistic but he HAD autism. I can’t see it as a disease because then I’m denying who my son is. I might feel differently if he was a child who went backwards.
I guess the thing is, we just need to figure out what works for us. I’m not going to tell a parent they’re nuts for doing weird treatments on their kids. I’m also not going to look down on a parent who finds none of it works. We just need to do our best, stick together, find what works and continue on this rocky rocky road.
I’m pretty sure we’re all different because I’m pretty sure that lots of different things are causing autistic symptoms right now. My psychologist agreed, sometimes it’s one thing and you can heal them and something it’s another one and you’re just going to have to do the best you can.
I just wish we’d all just get along.