This “In Their Own Words” is by Jennifer. Her daughter Sienna is 3 years-old and was diagnosed at 20 months. To read more check out her blog, Fingerprints of Autism.
The dreams that I had for you were many when you were growing inside me.
When I finally saw your precious face my dreams were coming true.
Slowly my dreams faded away as you started to spiral downward into a dark world.
When I realized you had autism my dreams were torn from me!
When we were fighting our way through the confusion of therapy and treatment my dreams were of healing.
When you started preschool my dreams were of acceptance, friendship, and fun.
Now when I think about my dreams for you they are the same as they were in the beginning!
My dreams for you never left me!
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