For my wonderful husband -
My husband Alan has been there to watch Lucas when I need a break.
He does the dishes when he knows I've had a rough day, and for 10 long years, he has traveled to work 2 states away, so we can keep Lucas' health insurance.
For Lucas' big brother, Robert -
Robert is Lucas' best friend, and one of his best teachers.
He has addressed our state legislature to fight for funding for disabled adults, has taught Lucas how to play, fight, argue and be a friend, and has spent his young life standing up for underdogs.
For anti-depressants -
If there was ever a situation where a person was under stress, parenting an autistic child is it.
In the early years of dealing with Lucas, anti-depressants helped me cope with the stress, because if I couldn't handle this, I couldn't expect to be any help to my son or to the rest of my family. (There will be a future article on this.)
For the professionals -
For the most caring, concerned, generous teachers, doctors, therapists, and aides in the world. We parents care because these are our children, but these wonderful people CHOSE to care, and I'm proud to know them.
For each triumph -
Every step forward that Lucas makes is that much more precious because of how hard he has worked to achieve it.
For learning not to sweat the small stuff -
This child of mine has helped me to see life from such a new perspective!
While others worry about political correctness, what people will think, and actually fear things like crime, the economy, etc., I have no worries anymore. I live with the ultimate; a daily battle with autism. There is nothing left to fear except dying before him.
For my faith -
There was a time when I was very angry with God for doing this to me.
But as time passes and I've watched the changes take place, not only with Lucas, but with his brother Robert, my husband and myself, my faith has become is so much stronger.
I know now that God has blessed me with this, so He will give me the strength I need to deal with it (of course, I've also noticed that His Son was normal; that's on my list of things to talk to Him about...)