By Shirley Blaier-Stein | January 22, 2012 at 08:57 AM EST | 4 comments
During the Spring of 2006, I did my testimonial at Ladies Bible Study group in front of over 100 women. The first thing that I told them was that I am an Autism Mom.
I did not set out to become an Autism Mom.
Yes, I thought I'd choose what my 'mom title' would be and it would surely be something exciting! Let's see, the possibilities were endless....Soccer Mom, Stage Mom, Stay-at-Home Mom, Cheerleader Mom, Football Mom, Working Mom, The Fun Mom.
Sure, I can still be all of those things, but Autism Mom is the title that I have identified myself with for as long as my son has had the diagnosis.
I ate, breathed, researched and did everything Autism.
From the day of that diagnosis I was an Autism Mom.
I so desperately looked for answers from 'Autism Doctors'. Sometimes I'd get them, but I soon realized that the other Autism Moms who were a few steps ahead of me had some answers.
I'd look for other Autism Moms everywhere.
Sometimes they were easy to find. There were the moms with Autism magnets on their car, in the school pick up line or in the waiting room at the therapy of the day.
Other times they were hard to find and it was a pretty lonely road. These days, I am also the Football Mom, the Jewelry Business Mom, the Christian Mom and I'd like to think of myself as the Fun Mom (not sure what my boys vote on that would be!), but Autism Mom always seems to lead the pack.