I started blogging after I had a miscarriage last year. Being a military caregiver and autism mom has left me a bit isolated, so when we experienced this loss, my whole world fell apart. For months, I didn't know what to do with myself and bounced from one activity and idea to another; all in an attempt to just kind of forget I think. For years I had contemplated starting a blog about being a caregiver and mom, but never had the courage to do so.
I think I saw this as an opportunity for an outlet. At the same time, I began to interact with more military caregivers and found that many of us went through similar trials and tribulations with nowhere to go or find support. Granted, there has been an increase in support over the last few years, but many caregiver support groups don't seem to address some key struggles and frustrations we face on a daily basis.
Around the same time-frame, our little one was finally diagnosed with High Functioning Autism. For years, we had tried different techniques and have noticed what we lovingly call a 'quirkiness' about our son; but no one would listen to our concerns because he wasn't showing certain obvious Autism signs. You know, because one is supposed to be able to diagnose someone with a condition by observing them for 30-60 minutes; if the person is lucky enough to get that much time.
The more I interacted with other (special needs) moms and (military) caregivers and the more I reflected on our own struggles trying to integrate into "civilian society" as a military family, the more I felt like I could use my outlet to help others and hopefully create a platform that shows other caregivers and moms out there that they are not alone. If I can help or encourage just one mom, caregiver or spouse, I think I did OK.
Well, this just turned into a far longer post than I had expected. haha
Thanks for reading!