Monday, November 29, 2010

On some days I can't tell if autism has ruined us or made us a closer family....I think there are days when the YuckMouths want out of the insanity. I look back to the days before we knew and all we were was a strange loud family. But now there are days when nothing makes sense and only the insanity of it all seems the most normal part of who we are.

So who are we? I guess it really should be the nine YuckMouths and Autism but Mommy YuckMouth and Daddy YuckMouth are only part of the story. There are seven wonderfully loud, loving, and incredible YuckMouths....the things they would do for each other and to each other are the story I want to tell. And in all of it is the Autism. If you were to walk into my house all the stories I tell would seem like lies, my YM tend to behave the most when company is present, even if its family. My YM's know their manners, they know how to behave, its the one thing that I have been able to instill in them since the beginning....well mostly daddy YM. lol he's also the reason that we are the YuckMouths to begin with. A loving term given us by my SIL....who also helped name one of the YM's.

So here it is and where it will begin....the story of the YuckMouths. The in's and out's of our life with Autism. How its changed us for the better and worse......Enjoy

Sunday, November 28, 2010

My Day Of Shouting Out!

I was very torn about the Autism day on Nov 1st. On one side I wanted to be supportive for my son and my family and all my friends with children on the spectrum and on the other side I knew that we needed a voice. Someone or lots of ppl to speak out for all the children and families that cnt speak out, the ones that are alone in this or scared.
So I decided that I would stay off facebook for the day, and join in the twitter chat to help raise awareness. And I'm glad of my decision, my day was filled with some amazing people. Surrounded by those who are in the trenches everyday and those that are affected by Autism themselves, never did I ever think that I would experience something so profound. I am blessed to have many great friends and family who are supportive of my son and me, but even more now because I am surrounded by a awesome group of ASD family.
There are times when we are very lonely, not everyone knows what Autism means for Racer or our family. Explaining it sometimes comes across as depressing or complaining. The truth of it is that when I speak out when I talk about our day or our troubles, someone somewhere knows and understands it all. It also raises awareness for Autism, because when the numbers are 1 in 110 it means that someone you know is affected by it or you will know someone affected by it soon. And if you dnt understand it when you see it then you aren't supporting the cause.
So I'm glad that I tweet chatted, I'm glad I used my voice to raise awareness for my son. Because when he cnt speak I do it for him in the hopes of creating a world that understands and accepts him for who he is.....the wonderful bright boy that I know and love!