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    I am mighty

    I was not mighty when I begun
    My son made me one

    His autism taught me to fight
    With all my might

    And here I am telling his story today,
    And making sure the world knows it’s okay

    I am mighty because I persisted and I persevere
    And I know that with my son by my side I have nothing to fear

    The future is his and to make that happen relentless I need to be
    And so I am, strong, fearless and mighty

    #mighty #Autism #autismmom

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    They joy is in the journey.

    <p>They joy is in the journey.</p>
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    I've never received a clinical diagnosis of anxiety, but I know what this beast is. This herd of elephants trampoline jumping in my chest. The flutter that makes my insides knot up.

    I'm a mom of a great kiddo with autism, but his GI issues have been tough. Since February of last year we've pretty much been a little unit, him and I. And he and I have had 3 almost week long hospital stays during the pandemic. It's been tough.

    Before the pandemic I was really social. Kids' dad started commercial truck driving DURING the pandemic, so I'm even more housebound (my kiddo isn't always super tolerant of masks due to sensory issues). But I've learned about me.

    I mask really well. I'm a freaking chameleon. I am so good at masking that I fooled myself. I'm a stressed out anxiety mess. I'm trying to cope with marital issues, my kiddo's health issues, supporting his neurological growth, a toxic relationship with another family member, fears about another family member's health (screw you cancer), my process in getting my teaching credential, my own physical and emotional health, and now all of these freaking elephants (anxiety) have decided it's time to party. I am wiped out. My sleep habits are shot.

    But taking baby steps. I started a devotional called "Anxiety Elephants", and so far it's helping. I took a part time job for the summer with my local history museum (weekends so kids dad can be with my little guy), but I'm dealing now with anger at myself.

    I didn't realize how much of my life I've adapted to other people's wants. "Good Old Reliable " seemed to be my first name.

    I'm done. I want to burn that image. Destroy it. I don't want to be in this tiny cage of elephants jumping on my chest, stampeding in my brain until I'm a wreck. So I started just writing short phrases of things I want out of my life. When weather permits, I'll be burning those little painful bits. My plan is to be a Phoenix, and be reborn, stronger and more bad-aleck than ever.

    Time to go get the matches. Time to call a ringmaster. Burning the bad feelings and sending the elephants to their own show, fast away from my brain.

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    Emotional Wellbeing in Parent Caregivers

    <p>Emotional Wellbeing in Parent Caregivers</p>
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    Anxiety and Depression won today 🥺

    <p><a href="" class="tm-embed-link  tm-autolink health-map" data-id="5b23ce5f00553f33fe98d1b4" data-name="Anxiety" title="Anxiety" target="_blank">Anxiety</a> and <a href="" class="tm-embed-link  tm-autolink health-map" data-id="5b23ce7600553f33fe991123" data-name="Depression" title="Depression" target="_blank">Depression</a> won today 🥺</p>
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    As an autism mom im tired of seeing my sons heart broken....why can parents not teach their kids to accept and love EVERYBODY!!!!!!! Im tired of kids ignoring him when he says hey and basically acting like he doesnt even son cannot understand ( nor can i being a neurotypical adult) why kids wont play with have bullied my child simply because hes son doesnt understand by me not allowing him to play with the kids that bully him i am simply protecting a parent it is your JOBand DUTY to teach YOUR child that not everyone is the same and that there are some people out there that need a little more help in life than others and thats still try to be that persons friend... Im tired of my son being misunderstood and seeing him upset because he cant understand all of this...rant over🤷 #autismmom #mamabearforlife #mysonjustwantsafriend #sickofseeingmysonupset #parentseducateyourkid (s)aboutspecialneedskids

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    What is the best night light projector with sound effects for kids? #Autism #nightterrors #SensoryProcessingDisorder

    For the past few weeks my five year has been more sensitive to sound . He can hear someone walking past our door and run to hide. During the day it is manageable but at night it gets worse. I ask him what’s wrong he tells me he keeps hear weird things and he doesn’t like it. So I have to keep the tv on for the light and a little background noise. Now what to see if there is a night light projector with a sound machine that can ease his might at night. #Autism #autismmom #Anysuggestions

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