“There is perhaps no more effective way to relieve psychic pain than to be in contact with another human being who understands what you are going through and can communicate such understanding to you.” –Dr. Frederic Flach, Psychiatrist
I started this blog one year ago today as a way for me to get my feelings out about the diagnosis we had recently received that Kaitlyn has Asperger’s. And, looking back over the year that I have been writing, the quote above has never been more true.
When we first received Kaitlyn’s diagnosis, Amber and I felt very alone. I had to find a way to get out what I was feeling and learning, knowing that sometimes I was just adding more stress on to Amber by using her as my outlet. So I started writing, not knowing what direction I was going. It took me some time to find my way, but I think that I have found some direction with this blog. I hope that over the last 365 days and however many posts, I have been able to let people into our lives and to share in our good days and bad days.
Dr. Flach was on to something when he said what he said. We have found out that we are very far from alone. We have found support and understanding from so many people, some that we have never even met. I started to follow a few blogs written by other parents that have children with Asperger’s, and I found that they were facing or had faced a lot of the same things we were going through. We have made forged some very close friendships with people who understand us, and, without even knowing it sometimes, have done more for us than they can even imagine. Our families are starting to understand us better as well, and that is really important to both Amber and I.
In the last year, I have written about autism awareness, advocacy, frustrations with red tape, and so many other aspects of our lives caring for a child with Asperger’s. There really is never a complete absence of material, either, and what I write about barely scratches the surface of our daily lives.
Thank you to everybody that has read, followed, or commented on this blog over the last 12 months. I hope that I have provided you a glimpse into our lives, and promise to continue to do so. Kaitlyn is everything to me, and to Amber, and by sharing our experiences, I hope that you have learned more about autism and Asperger’s.
And just a quick side-note, I would like to take this last line to wish Caedmon a happy birthday.