Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 1 Fall 2014 - Page 10

“You will get to know yourself as you get to know your child. ” promise. You will. You will find people in your life who get it and others that don’t. You’ll find that some will want to get it and some just never will. You’ll find comfort and relief with friends who speak your new language. You’ll find your village. You will learn to ask for help. You’ll have to. It won’t be easy. You’ll forget sometimes. Life will remind you. You are so much stronger than you think you are. Trust me. I know you. Hell, I am you. You will blame yourself. You’ll think you missed signs you should have seen. 10 Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses You’ll be convinced that you should have known, that you should have somehow gotten help earlier. You couldn’t have known. Don’t let yourself live there for long. You will neglect yourself. You will suddenly realize that you haven’t stopped moving. You’ve taken care of everyone but you. You will forget how important it is to take care of yourself. Listen to me. If you hear nothing else, hear this: You MUST take care of yourself. You are no use to anyone unless you are healthy. I mean that holistically, my friend. HEALTHY. Nourished, rested, soul-fed. Your children deserve that example. You will never, ever take progress for