Minion Monday – Take a deep breath. You will be okay.

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This is the 1st Monday in autism awareness month

I was asked a question by a dear friend.
She asked “If you could go back in time and tell yourself one thing right after your child’s diagnosis, what would you say to yourself?”

I decided this would be a great chance to see what other moms would want to tell themselves. They gave me some wonderful answers.

Here is what they had to say.

“Mandy Kresge – It’s going to be ok! There will be good days and hard days but she will teach you more than you can imagine and will make you smile everyday!

Nicole Riley -The only stupid question is the unasked question. Don’t be afraid to push for more. You are and always will be their advocate. No one will know them, like you do. There will be times when you ask yourself why, suck it up buttercup and hold on. The road is rocky, with twist and turns but the outcome is something you never saw coming.

Denine Omilian – Enjoy him everyday. Because life is precious
Autism-Mom – I would tell myself: Everything is going to be fine. He is going to be fantastic, and you know what? So will you.

Maria Shaver – Breathe. You can do this.

Gasoline and a Lit Match-Our Autism- Life – PAY ATTENTION TO THING 1……seriously…..If I hadn’t blown of 90% of her symptoms as normal because she was like me……she’d be in a much better place….

Jill Burke Bank – The diagnosis doesn’t change anything about your child, just helps point you in the right direction to find help.

Christy Bailey-Salt – You Got This!!! You Will Do The Best For your Little Boy

Kathryn Carey-Storino – You will grieve and cry but wow! She will change you into a strong woman

Julia Wyn-Jones – Buckle up, it’s going to be quite a ride but so worth it. I wouldn’t need to tell me to choose my battles as I always have anyway.

Bridget Lowell – when you are in a crowd look around at the other kids, yours might seem the worst one there, but he is not, other parents are trying to get their “nuro typical” kids to behave. Also you will understand what everyone is saying soon, dont worry about it.

Sara Barrera – It’s going to be ok!!!!

Lisa Callari -It’s not your fault.

Ali Hammons – Structure your life better around therapy more. Integrating therapy in to their everyday. Simpy to give them more structure, routine and direction to wherever they struggle. Assisting more to ability and independence. I am not structured or routine. So adding it in earlier the I did would have been beneficial earlier on.

Lashawna Langley – Congrats! Here’s your key to a new and amazing world. Life will never be what you could’ve imagined, because your imagination doesn’t reach these depths. Get ready for the fight of your life that will build you in ways you didn’t know existed. Get ready for a love that is unbreakable, immovable, and irreversible. You will meet some of the greatest people ever created and laugh and cry harder than ever. Appreciate the little things. They matter more than you know.

Tina Williamson – Start ABA sooner.

Jennifer Sue Bourbon – You’ll make it to 18 and it will be a fight but you’ll both be okay, you’ll make it past that and it will still be okay. He’ll be capable of things that at first you never imagined, often proving even professionals wrong.

Faith Shumak Dantowitz – He will find his way back to you.

Leslie Ann – Answers/ knowledge makes you stronger.
Amber Myers – It.gets.better.

LauraLynn Thomas-Speakes – You both will survive and thrive…oh, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Marla Moley – That my kid will be ok, they will learn and do some things differently , but they can grow up to have a great life.

One more from Letters From A Spectrum Mom, who posted this Sunday morning on her Facebook page.

5 things mothers of children with autism should know. (From the mother of a child with autism.)

1. Autism is just a group of words. Labels. It isn’t an answer. Or a person.

Take a deep breath.

You will be okay.

2. Coffee.

Then take a deep breath.

You will be okay.

3. Poop.

You will be okay.

Take a deep breath later.

4. You will burn the toast. Overcook the eggs. Forget to brush your teeth. Shave one leg and not realize you have two until much later. Miss a therapy appointment. Forget the iPad. Cry into the fridge holding a cup of coffee when you realize you forgot to buy cream.

Take a deep breath.

You will be okay.

5. You will find an online support community that will keep you from feeling alone while you stare at the screen through slotted, puffy, tired eyes.

And you will become part of a tribe.

And together you will talk and laugh and cry about labels and coffee and poop and exhaustion.

And how very, very, very much you love your babies.

Take a deep breath.

We’re gonna be okay.”


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I have one more to add.

He is no different than he was yesterday, he is still your baby, the light of your life.

He still has that giggle that makes everyone in the area smile.

He is no different with the label than he was before.

Now you know that he is fighting, what took his voice and everything that goes with it.

You will learn along side him and find a new way to live.

Most of all you will continue to love him just as much as you do today.

Oh and in the wise words from Letters From A Spectrum Mom.

“Then take a deep breath. You will be okay.”

She is right you will be okay.

Some days will be even better than okay, it will be awesome.

Happy Monday! Go take on the world!


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6 comments for “Minion Monday – Take a deep breath. You will be okay.

  1. April 5, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    And sleep. Don’t stay up all night for months studying. Sleep. ❤️

    • Hardly Bored
      April 9, 2015 at 11:53 AM

      hehe yes!

  2. July 2, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    So much good advice! Each one is different, yet they are all the same; encouraging, filled with promise and hope, the truth!

    • Hardly Bored
      July 4, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      Thank you!

  3. July 3, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    A beautiful list from some amazing women. Thank you so much for sharing this today.

    • Hardly Bored
      July 4, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      thank you!

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