by Ryan Hinds
My mom asked me to read the book to make sure I was okay with the things she wrote. That was hard to do. I learned about events I didn’t remember and things that were just embarrassing. I know I shouldn’t be concerned about the weird things I did back then, because I was ill. But I am embarrassed by them, and would rather keep them in my past forever. I wish I could forget all the horrible things that happened and everything to do with autism. Who really wants every detail of their childhood out there for the world to see?
While I want to provide hope and encouragement to others, I still have mixed feelings about telling my story. I don’t want any future employers or prospective girlfriends to know I was once considered autistic. But more than that, I don’t want anyone to question the things my mom said in this book. Some will say I never really had autism or maybe that I was only mildly affected. I wish that were true.
Our story has a happy ending, but how many parents are still told there is no hope for their children? And how many kids will not get better as a result? My family never gave up on me because, like the title of this book, they knew I was in there. When experts told them I would never be okay and probably end up in a group home, they still didn’t give up. As a result, I was able to leave my autism label behind.
As much as I don’t want to admit to anything autistic, I know my story is important to help others realize this disease is medical, treatable, and surmountable. I was lucky to have parents who fought back. I want to thank my family for never giving up on me. They were always there, no matter how difficult I made things for them.
NOTE FROM MARCIA HINDS – Megan and Ryan’s mom:
Ryan became an aerospace engineer, because he received proper medical treatment combined with behavioral, and educational interventions. To preview my book, “I Know You’re In There – winning our war against autism”go to Amazon or my website www.autism-and-treatment.com
Contact info for Marcia: