If it wasn't for autism...we would be able to buy a much bigger house.
BUT you know what? We are happy here. We always have been. The size of our house has nothing to do with the quality of our life. We have created so many happy memories in this house, been through so many life changes under this roof. I love this house.
If it wasn't for autism...we would not need to draw every single word out of Ollie. One. At. A. Time.
BUT you know what? We celebrate every new word in a way that we never would if Ollie didn't have autism. We have learnt to appreciate every small step in his development and we revel in each and every word that comes out of his mouth. We notice every single detail. Autism really has taught me to take time to smell the roses in every aspect of my life.
If it wasn't for autism...I would be buying more expensive clothes for myself.
BUT you know what? My favourite singlets are from Big W. Six bucks each. I have four different colours. I never would have found them if Ollie wasn't diagnosed with autism because I wouldn't have looked in Big W for singlets! Material possessions do not a happy family make. It is love that makes us tick and no money can buy that. We have love in abundance.
If it wasn't for autism...Will would have a 'normal' sibling.
BUT you know what? Will is going to be a better person because of his brother's autism. We all are. He will learn compassion for those who are different and an understanding of diversity at a level that he never would if autism wasn't in our lives. Will also gets many hours of one on one time with me while Ollie is at therapy. That wouldn't happen if Ollie didn't have autism.
If it wasn't for autism...I would have more time to socialise.
BUT you know what? I have met the most amazing people because of Ollie's autism, people who I consider true friends. There is a bond that ties us all together and we all need each other. We need people who get us, get our children, get what we are living. These people would not be in my life if it weren't for autism.
I don't mean for this to be one of those posts about how we have been blessed by having autism in our lives, and that we wouldn't take it back if we could. If I could take it back I would. In a heartbeat. I've got plenty of 'If it wasn't for autism' moments that don't end in a BUT. They just suck. There are times when I want to kick autism's arse. I didn't sign up for this.
It is true what they say though. Every cloud has a silver lining. In this case the cloud is big and dark and scary, but that makes the lining big too.
Do you have any 'If it wasn't for autism' thoughts you would like to share?