20 February, 2006

An introduction...

Perhaps the best place to start with my personal blog is with an introduction of who I am, my challenges, my blessings, and my thoughts. Actually, perhaps I should really start with a disclaimer:

The views expressed in this blog, "Autism: Deal With It!", are only the views of Brian. The experiences described here are not necessarily representative of life with Autism, either as a parent of an Autistic child or as an adult with Autism. If you find that you relate to some of the events depicted or views expressed, let me know by leaving a message. If you don't find that you relate to some of the events depicted or views expressed, then you are free to move on, there is nothing to see here.

There, with that out of the way, I can get on to a proper introduction of who I am. My name is Brian. I have been very happily married for 11 years and intend to remain married for all of time and eternity. I am also the father of two boys, ages 7.5 years and just under 6 years (He will be 6 in a few weeks). My youngest son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 46 months (in case you don't want to do the math, that is 3 years and 10 months.) When my youngest was diagnosed with Autism, a great number of things began to fall into place for me. Looking back at my childhood, I realize now that I too have Autism. I have not been officially diagnosed, for several reasons (I'll save that for a later blog though).

My challenges are not much different form any parent who is struggling to come to grips with their own challenges while raising two children on the Autism spectrum. Yes, I said two. While my oldest son has not been officially diagnosed, my wife and I feel certain that he has Asperger's Syndrome.

My blessings are actually the same as my challenges, struggling to come to grips with my own challenges while raising two children on the Autism spectrum. You see, if it were not for my two boys, I would still be lost as to what my challenges are and how to work through them. My sons have taught me so very much. I am a true believer in the idea that our Heavenly Father gives us each our own unique challenges, so that we can grow to our greatest potential. He also blesses us with the strength, should be choose to embrace it, to meet all of the challenges placed before us.

As for my thoughts, you will just have to continue to tune in to read about them. I will probably discuss such topics as my struggles in dealing with challenges, the special joys of raising children with Autism, and more.

I should mention that I have created a number of Autistic shirt designs that can be purchased through my Cafe Press store. The link is located to the right. I hope that everyone can enjoy the shirts. They are a little different than the typical Autism Awareness shirts currently available.

That's all I have for now... I intend to try to update this daily, so check back often!


Anonymous Brian The Autistic Jedi said...

Thank you Nick. Your comments have helped me with my desire to continue writing the blogs!

25 February, 2006 19:55  

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