Today is World Autism Awareness Day and April is Autism Awareness Month. My granddaughter, Gianna Lynn was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum a year ago and her life has never been the same.
She was placed in the Birth to Three program and the therapists come almost every day to help her find her voice and help her in her daily life. We pray that someday she speaks to us but we know she’s there and loves us unconditionally…and we love her back with all our hearts. As I watch my daughter and son in law, Dan except this diagnosis, I’m in awe of their strength and compassion for their baby girl, Gi.
When I decided to plan the Mothers Who Inspire exhibit, my first thoughts went to watching my daughter Kate, raise her Autistic child on a daily basis and then of course my own mother who raised my sister Jane, who is also special needs. These two women in my life fill me with pride and admiration. My heart aches on the bad days and shines on the good days. They both inspire me to share their stories and bring awareness to their courage.
Over the next few weeks, I look forward to sharing all of the mothers and their special children with you. Please join me on May 10th to honor these amazing mothers.