I thought I would let everyone know why I suddenly stopped posting in November. I LOVE blogging and creating beautiful content, but family comes first. For several years we have suspected something was not normal with our youngest child, Gideon. He had several developmental delays, but I kept hoping he would outgrow them.
We were finally able to get him in to see a developmental pediatrician last fall after a year wait and then for a follow up in January where she diagnosed him with mild to moderate autism. All this momma heard was mild. I will not accept the moderate part of her diagnosis. We were told he would likely have delays most of his life and that we should get him into therapy as soon as possible. She said in her experience kids sometime outgrow autism, but they rarely get worse. I latched onto her words of “sometimes they outgrow autism.” Well, this momma bear went into defense mode and started researching everything I could to find that might possibly help our little guy. He has been in speech and occupational therapy for a while now and is making gains. We have tried several different biomedical treatments and plan to take him to see a Defeat Autism Now doctor as soon as we can find one near us.
I guess I was in denial for close to a year that our sweet Gideon actually had something wrong with him. Now that he has an official diagnosis I feel like I need to devote as much time to helping him heal as I can. I have read so many stories of children who have recovered from autism. There has to be something I can do to help him. While he is doing so much better he still has a long way to go to get caught up with other 4 year olds.
Our family is planning to participate in the Autism Care Walk this coming Saturday at Heartspring where Gideon receives therapy. Our team has already surpassed our fund raising goal! It is supposed to be cold and rainy here this weekend. Hopefully we don’t freeze!
I would like to continue to blog here as a creative outlet for myself, but it will not likely be as often as I had initially hoped. Gideon is doing much better and I feel like we finally have a grip on his disability, but we still have tough days. He is such an intelligent little guy and I know the real him is in there. I just need to figure out how to get him back. I will likely be posting updates about Gideon here to help me chronicle his journey. Thank you for understanding. I hope to get back to a somewhat more consistent schedule sometime in the future. With lots of prayer I know our little man can defeat this.