08 May '11, 12am

What I've Learned As the Mother of an Autistic Son (VIDEO)

What I've Learned As the Mother of an Autistic Son (VIDEO)

Fourteen years ago, I was waiting to become a mother. Our son Charlie was born on May 15, 1997; I spent Mother's Day 1997 on the living room futon couch, as I'd been diagnosed with preeclampsia and was on bedrest until Charlie was born. I like to be busy and doing things so bedrest was not easy for me. Those two weeks of bedrest were an early lesson about how a big part of being a mother is not doing what you're inclined to, for the sake of your children. Charlie was diagnosed with autism just around his second birthday in 1999 and there are few things I, or my husband Jim Fisher have since done that have not been with the intent of helping Charlie and giving him the best chance he might have in life. It is a cliché, but we know that changing ourselves to suit what's best for Charlie has made our lives inestimably better; has made us better, more patient, more forgiving, m...

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