Today is one of those days where I find I have far more going through my head than I can possibly articulate in words. I spent most of the night pouring through news stories and press releases about yesterday’s announcement from the CDC about the current incidence of autism in our country. I read the details about how the CDC came to the new 1 in 88 number – 1 in 54 for boys. I was angered all over again to realize that the new statistic does not even account for my 5 year old little angel or anyone under the age of 8 in 2008. I cried with my friends hearing the “better diagnosis” and “overdiagnosis” claims. Again. I read the continued claims of organizations such as Autism Speaks touting the “it’s all about genetics” mantra. All excuses – proven wrong time and again – to hide from the real reasons.
So, last night I had a friend ask me to post the picture Sam as visual evidence that he was NOT born with autism. I found pictures that so very clearly show the change in him.
This is Sam before autism.
This is Sam after autism.
My child was not born with it.
I have a whole lot more to say, and more posts will follow – but, for tonight, my heart just hurts. For Sammy and all the children like him I’ve come to know … and for all those we know will follow.