This is not so much my story, as it is Josh's story. Josh is my 17 year old son, who, in 2009, at the age of 6 was diagnosed with Autism. This was before an ASD diagnosis became so common, and when people were encouraged to simply do as the Dr said. Along with the diagnosis came a laundry list of achievements that our Josh would never meet - show love, have friends, do well at school, drive a car etc. We also received the 'solution' to his Autism issues: anti-psychotic medication 3 times a day for the rest of his life. We said no to the limitations put on him. We said no to the medication. We said no to the 'specialists'. We said yes to walking our own path, and yes to a brighter future for Josh. We chose that he would not just survive, but that he would THRIVE. You too can say no to the limitations, and say yes to helping your child thrive.
"Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, t'was blind but now I see". To this day, the words of this beautiful song can still put me in tears. I spent many years not believing in God, trying to find peace and answers in so many ways - food, work and delving way too deep into New Age Spirituality. The new age movement took me to a very dark and horrible place, essentially, the pits of hell. God found me, saved me and led me to the beautiful truth that is the Catholic Church, where Jesus truly does heal. 'How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed'.