A big thank you for all you do

Posted on: February 21st, 2015 by admin

I just wanted to thank you all for the help and support you have given me over last year. Also for the excellent conferences, the use of the library, the play scheme, which Jack still raves about and the lovely theatre trip.

But more than that I want to thank you for being a shoulder to cry on and friendly voice at the end of the phone who knew exactly what I was going through when Jack was diagnosed with autism. Even though I suspected something it still came as a massive blow. With the written diagnosis in my hand I felt as if my expectations and dreams were wiped away, like the Jack I thought I had was dead and gone. Two months went by in a blur of depression, self-pity and ignorance before I got your phone number from the NAS.

You have taught me so much over the past year. You have shared your experiences, lent me books and provided brilliant speakers at the conferences and workshops you run. You have slowly given me back some hope for Jack’s future, without unrealistic expectations, but most importantly you have given Jack and Gail a fully functioning mum. I can accept Jack’s future, whatever it brings and I now enjoy and celebrate his unique differences. I also know that when it comes to talking to Jack about his autism I can honestly say that I love him the way he is and would not want him any other way.

I know that with your continued help I can keep learning and support him as he grows up to face a life with autism. Thank you for helping me put my life back together and enjoy it again. Jenny

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