5/20/2013

Mikaela, Owen, Drew

I read a lot of bloggers; I feel it's important to keep connected to what other parents are dealing with, and to read a diversity of autistic bloggers, as well as blogs dealing with disability.

One of the things that I can't help but focus on is how we are all involved in similar life experiences. All of us will deal with health issues, all of us will deal with the loss of loved ones, with financial struggles, with the big questions of why we are here and what our purpose is.

On many blogs, where families are struggling with devastating tragedies, there is an outpouring of support, and it's both uplifting and heartbreaking to be a part of that support system. You find yourself hurting for strangers who really don't feel like strangers because they have shared their story, their struggle, their heartache.

This past week, three autistic children wandered from their families and were found drowned in bodies of water. Three families devastated. Three children lost.

The loss of a child is not something we will all deal with, but we share that it is our worst fear, and we feel our hearts ache for the children, for the families, for the communities.

Some will use these tragedies to further agendas, and I suppose that's true even of those reaching out in support--we do have an agenda--to show unconditional support and concern for the families.

To Mikaela Lynch's family, to Owen Black's family, to Drew Howell's family, I am so sorry for your losses.

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