Searching In the Fog
I recently had the privilege of sharing our family’s autism journey on a podcast called “Journeys,” a program where guests discuss disabilities from various angles. (Journeys: Season 2, Episode 41-Lisa Louis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb5S7fB62uE)
I confessed that despite over twenty years of intense efforts to help my severely autistic son, I sometimes feel just as confused now as I did at the start.
Powerful search engines like Google weren’t running at full force when our son was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum in the year 2000. Struggling to find information, we felt lost and isolated. Despite the internet now overflowing with autism-related content, individuals and loved ones dealing with a diagnosis today still feel scared and alone.
Any major life challenge is intense and confusing, even with information at our fingertips. We all have stretches in life when we search for answers through a confusing haze.
Acknowledging vulnerability is humbling, but sharing what we learn as we stumble along through the fog might help others keep trying. Reach out, whether it is to ask for help or to offer it, and keep putting one foot forward!
This week’s HikingAutism Hike Notes from the archives is Hill 88 from Rodeo Beach, a hike that offers views for miles when the sky is clear, but leaves the next ridge a mystery when powerful fog moves in.
(Photo note: The foggy image for this Insights post was also used for the original Insights post that appeared in tandem with Hill 88 from Rodeo Beach. The photo used for the Journeys podcast was from that same foggy hike.)
This week’s Hike Notes from the Archives:
(Original Hike Notes 55): Hill 88 from Rodeo Beach
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