I was glad that I watched the Oprah show on Tuesday of this week in which Jenny McCarthy and Holly Robinson Peete spoke about being parents of children suffering with Autism. I was moved to tears when Jenny described being told her son Evan had autism. I remember that day like it was yesterday. The things that struck me the most was when Jenny described how she was trying everything to make her son well or responsive. I loved that she did not say that the wheat and dairy free diet was the "cure" but that it was a tool that works for her child but like chemotherapy it may not work for everyone.
I really dont want to be part of this exclusive club of mothers who can relate to a brand new word, or the joy of finally hearing the words "Mommy" or "I love you" from your child who wont even look at you. It is wonderful that Jenny is speaking out and providing a ray of "hope" to those of us looking for some answers, and a real understanding of our hopes and fears, as she understands them and lives them just like I do daily.
I thought that I would share that Jenny is speaking on a variety of shows in the next week. Hopefully you can catch one of the shows and maybe you too could understand just what it is like to live life daily with autism as a permenant member your family.
Jenny is appearing:
September 18th, 2007: Oprah Show
September 21st, 2007: 20/20
September 24th, 2007: Good Morning America
September 25th, 2007: The View
September 26th, 2007: Larry King Live
Also there is a very true and real article (Fighting for My Autistic Son by Jenny McCarthy) in the current People Magazine on news stands today September 21st, 2007. If you have any questions feel free to ask! I am sure that I dont have any answers but I am empathize with you and maybe together we can find some answers to why our children, why autism, and how can we meet it head on and see progress!