Thank you to everyone who has commented and/or emailed me from the MSNBC TodayMoms blog after this post below. The emails especially charmed me - each one touching and personal. As we read of the horrors that the isolation, frustration and despair of autism can create, it's important to remember that we're not really alone, friends and a new family are just a click away. Get involved with each of our sponsors, sign on to their newsletters, you won't regret it. I'd appreciate if you'd hit "like" and FaceBook on the MSNBC blog please. Here's the intro to the post: KS
A new study in Pediatrics says the recurrence risk of autism in younger siblings is higher than thought. Hardly comforting to autism families who want a second or third child and not surprising to me, Mom of three (!) daughters with autism.
In 1999, my daughters Mia and Gianna were 3 and 4 years old. Both girls were in school for speech and other developmental issues, which made my life as a Mom more stressful and full of questions than most others.
But I adored babies, and had always planned to have three, four, maybe five children. Pregnancy and infancy were a blessing to me. (Mmm, maybe not the sleep deprivation part of those first months.) However, with two girls who were obviously developmentally delayed, we also wanted answers. Would autism strike all of our children if we chose to have more?
We had a pediatrician in Philadelphia when the girls were very young who told me, “I’ve never heard of a family with more than one child with autism.” Then Gianna began to exhibit the signs. Uh oh...
Read and comment on Kim Stagliano on TodayMoms Blog HERE.