What is Autism? That was my first question when I first heard those words, no one ever prepared me for this road. On August 8, 2017 I was told that my baby, my son, the child I carried for 9 months with no complications has Autism. So, now what do I do? I came home crying! I was mad! I was Angry!! Why did this happen to him? What did I do wrong? Lord please give me the strength to get through this.
Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. Autism affects 1 in 68 children in the United States today and some are never diagnosed properly. Some kids have been known to just have anger issues, or they are just slow in learning. Sorry to tell you, but we shouldn’t judge or label our kids like that. Know the signs and symptoms and research all you can.
Before the diagnosis, Kameron was born July 17, 2014 at 9:04 am one of my happiest days. But soon after he became very ill. Kameron could not keep his milk down, me being the mama that I am, I was persistent because i knew something was wrong with my baby. And there it was, he was diagnosed with Pyloric Stenosis at 6 weeks old and I was told he needed surgery immediately. Oh did I mention there was no sleep then due to colic. Yea, that part.
At the age of 1, he screamed a lot, and boy do I mean a lot! No babbles just screamed. Did not like people at all. Ok signs are showing right, nope, thought it was normal behavior. Kameron was a late crawler and walker, your still thinking you should have known, right? No not at all. At the age of 2 he got worse. Becoming very forgetful, crying a lot, playing alone, isolated, the list goes on. Signs are showing, but I knew nothing of Autism. Not yet anyway. At age 3 he only knew the word mama. Everyone was mama. And now the signs are showing.
The diagnosis……. The day after my birthday. My son has Autism……. Will he ever learn new words, will he ever speak in sentences, will he ever be normal, will he out grow it, will he be able to attend school, will he get married…. OMG….. WHY MY BABY???????? Speech, therapy, MRI’s, CT scans, blood work, meds, no sleep, no appetites, meltdowns, he cries, I cry, he screams, no loud and sudden changes that he doesn’t know about, and the list continues. At times I’m still wondering am i doing everything right? Did I do this and that? How can I make his life easier?
Research, research, research….. that will become your best friend. The sites that i have visited and continue to look on is; Pinterest, Google, great doctors and specialists, along with having family by your side. There is so much research out there you just have to find it. We are now trying to find a Support Group in our community to better educate us and to hopefully grow with an Autism family.
Autistic he may be, but to us he will forever be our Kameron. I will be his voice and i will stand up and fight his every battle till I can’t no longer. Our fight has just begun, but I’m not quitting!! Hold onto my hand as long as you need to baby boy…… I love you Kameron……….