Then and Now

Then and Now

One year ago and today.

Long before C’s official diagnosis we knew something was amiss; there were little signs, things that didn’t seem quite right. Nothing, however, that we couldn’t attribute to his being a sick boy with a rare lung disease. Then, around his second birthday, we noticed what many refer to as ‘regression.’

He started to disappear. His expression was vacant. He stopped saying ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye,’ ‘mommy’ and ‘daddy.’ It seemed like he was vanishing. We’d ask each other if C was even there anymore, a question I’ve since learned is common among ASD parents. At the time, it was frightening and depressing.

With an official diagnosis came therapy, and lots of it, sometimes 20-30 hours a week. The routine is demanding for C, and means a lot of schedule juggling for us, the burden of which falls to my wife, but the results are worth it.

C still has autism — he always will — and there remains a lot of work to do; nonetheless, we have our son back, and for that we are grateful beyond words.


  1. Our lives are never the same after the diagnosis. I like to believe that my life has been altered for the better! I don’t know if the James I have now is the one I started with but he is here and he fills my life with such joy that wondering is pointless. He and his NT sister really make the difference in my everyday life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Journey on and enjoy the ride along the altered path.

  2. Perhaps, it was difficult to make the diagnosis since C had a rare lung disease, but, it seems like he was diagnosed early. That may explain why, with the help of therapy and loving parents, he was able to make a transformation. I think all of you, especially C, must be very strong for overcoming so many obstacles.

    Check out: Kerry Magro on FB; a young man diagnosed with Autism at 4, a college grad, and a motivational speaker!
    – Rosie