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Autism, my thoughts

Here are my thoughts about autism.  Just laying my cards on the table so we’re clear.

Do I think it’s caused by vaccines?  Maybe.  Do I think it’s caused by genetics?  Maybe.  Chemicals in the environment?  Maybe.  Do I think special diets and or supplements can help?  Maybe.  What does all this mean?

NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE WHAT CAUSES AUTISM.

What I believe is that it is probably some combination of nature/nurture.  There was no regression with my daughter after the MMR.  She was delayed long before the MMR.  She was in physical therapy and occupational therapy before her FIRST birthday and speech therapy by her second.

We tried the GF/CF diet with her for over a year and didn’t see any change.  We went back to a regular diet and didn’t see any regression.  We tried supplements, we even tried B12 INJECTIONS (at home, my husband holding her down, me giving her the shot, painful for all three of us and our older daughter who had to WATCH).  NO change.  But I have a friend whose son made great strides on the GF/CF diet – so what works for one may not work with another.

Some people say autism is a blessing.  I’m not one of those people.  Some people are upset at those who seek a cure for autism.  I’m not one of those people either.  It is true that each one of our children are priceless, beautiful – and I love my daughter VERY much – I just hate this thing that is standing in her way of meeting her full potential.  Autism has stolen from her a future that should have been open to anything.  She has limitations that will stay with her for life.  I watch her STRUGGLE to learn the simplest things.  I see her younger brother surpassing her in areas.  I see both her siblings’ frustration and anger over having a sister who’s “different.” I see her frustration and inability to cope and it all makes me sad.  Yet she is a warrior, fighting to understand everyday.

I often say that she works twice as hard to get half as far as the rest of us.

MY DAUGHTER IS THE BLESSING.  AUTISM IS NOT.

Perhaps you feel differently, perhaps you strongly disagree with me, and that’s fine.  I’m not saying you have to agree with me.  We’re all entitled to our own opinions/feelings.  Again, I’m just writing about how I feel.  This is just my experience with my wonderful, trusting, sweet, innocent, lovable daughter.  Just laying my cards on the table…

I’ve let you know how I feel.  If you’re an autism parent, how do you feel about it in your life?

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