“While we try to teach our children all about life,
our children teach us what life is all about.”
— Angela Schwindt
MY MOM ASKED me to read her book to make sure I was okay with the things she wrote about me. 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.
While I want to provide hope and encouragement to others, I still have mixed feelings about telling my story. Who really wants every detail of their childhood out there for the world to see? I don’t want any future employers or prospective girlfriends to know I was once severely affected by autism. 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 autism is medical, treatable, and surmountable. I was lucky to have a family who fought back and never gave 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
Check out this 90 second video of Ryan Hinds who is now an aerospace engineer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc__5tLnHqQ
You can do this and I will be here to help you anyway I can. If my kid can recover why can’t yours? Listen to the “experts” and then do what they say can’t be done. Learn more at www.autism-and-treatment.com
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ALONE there is little we can do about autism.
TOGETHER we will be unstoppable!
NOTE FROM MARCIA HINDS – Megan and Ryan’s mom : Ryan became an aerospace engineer, and what I wanted most for him actually happened. He is happy and has friends. Ryan’s recovery wasn’t miraculous, but the result of receiving 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
There is more info to help on my website.