Note: For a glaring example of the angry denial hurled at us, see the screenshot of a FB page exchange below from a reader. I posted something very similar to this on our AofA page. You'll shake your head - she claims to be an autism Mom.... Perhaps a Mama troll....
By Kim Stagliano
My daughter is 21 today. She ages out into a world wholly unprepared for the reality of autism in ANY form - high, low or in between.
I had a non-medicated birth to keep chemicals out of her body. I refused every form of pain medication. I hired a birth doula to make sure the nursing staff let me labor and deliver the way I chose. I had a great OB who supported my decision.
Her pediatrician, whom I interviewed with great care, he who was so proud of his MENSA membership, then injected over 200 micrograms of mercury into her body before her 3rd birthday - and I had no idea. To me, vaccines were not a product to question. They were a given. If anyone had told me there was danger I'd have laughed in his or her face. Sneered even. I thought about safe laundry soap, cribs, car seats, paint, toys, I did not drink while nursing. Her pediatrician wiped out all of that with every "well" visit.
My "career" (such as it is) became predicated on her descent into autism. Today is a melancholy day for me - even though we celebrate her with joy and of course, GF cake. Few of us ever share this reality - it's hard to do. Especially when you're thought of as Mother Teresa. I'm not. You don't have to be either. We're human.
At home, like so many of you, I quietly reflect on the assault on us, parents of vaccine injured kids. The hatred toward us for speaking out truth. The media's programmed evisceration of us, of the doctors who dare to speak out. The bloggers who deride us, deny our kids' very real plight with unbridled joy. The people with autism who instead of helping, turn their backs on their more impaired brothers and sisters. And the most jarring? The fellow MOTHERS who scorn us and work against us. It's astounding, isn't it?
Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new novel, House of Cards; A Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book. Last year she co-edited 101 Tips for Girls with Autism, with Tony Lyons. Available now.