Everyday a constant battle at home, outside and online. Why? The children.
Everyday at home is like being in war. The day starts early with planning and preparation, each stage of the day checked over and all variables thought of and plan B’s, C’s and D’s ready to be implemented. Then it’s to the battlefield. Clothes carefully picked and put on according to the pre-planned stages, each step requiring constant encouragement and approval. Each morning task takes at least twice as long if not longer than the average cadet. Anything that requires an outside object, like a brush or toothpaste takes months sometimes years before that step becomes merely a civil dispute. Meals are not left out of the battles and on many occasions require more attention than anything else. Every ingredient must be checked, every new food monitored for reactions and every sensory issue, hyperactivity and just plain refusal dealt with using the book of game plans. This book, located in the brains of each warrior mother, holds all plans that have worked, failed and not yet attempted when dealing with a battle. Throughout the day warriors must face stares, comments and just plain old oppression from outsiders. Each night holds hope of rest and some days that hope comes true and other days seem endless. Online they fight for a better life for their children, for truth, justice and all that and it is a very long and extremely tiring war, that will, most likely last the majority of their life.
They don’t stop fighting, they don’t stop caring and I hope they never do because they are making change. You can call them crazy, selfish, ‘not accepting’, loud and angry. You can try every tactic you have to stop them, throw every bullshit study you can come up with to try and convince them that what they believe is wrong. But one thing you have to remember; They are mothers fighting for their children, mothers that paid attention, that saw what happened to their kids and are pissed off and tired of being told; that nothing can be done, that there is no way possible that what they saw happened and that they should accept their child for what they are now and just enjoy time with them.
They are using every bit of energy that they have, to find help for their kids. I commend them on their unending efforts to bring about change and not only help their own little ones but as many others as they possibly can. They have been working for years and instead of being called crazy, I think we should be thanking them because if not for them, then we would never hear ‘autism is treatable’, that ‘recovery is possible’ or that ‘you have a choice’. These mothers have helped so many children when everyone else had turned their backs on them. Even with all the hate that they receive, they still are out there every day, helping others, finding ways to help their children and waking up ready to do battle.
Thank you warrior mothers
You inspire us all to never stop fighting
To never give up
And that our children will not be left forgotten