Many times we forget that there are two categories of moms raising a child with Autism. There are those that are blessed financially and feel trapped (sometimes) and the other is those who are in a financial trap and feel blessed (sometimes.)
Trapped- is there a light at the end of the dimly lit tunnel of financial despair? When can I work ( a real job)?… you know the kind of work I am speaking of, the one that you can afford to pay for some healthy life choices, like buying deli meat instead of Spam in a can, or leaving the jerk you have to stay with because it is better to be emotionally compromised then homeless with an Autistic child.
Believe it or not there is a speck of light at the end of 22 year old tunnel to the beginning of financial bliss, where you can begin to live life in your 30s, 40s, when your child becomes an Adult because they go off to college, or get married to some rich boy/girl and you wave good-bye as they drive off and you walk slowly back into your home to microwave your first TV dinner and sigh, thinking ” its only been five minutes and I already feel like I’m having empty nest syndrome.” …… sorry wrong ending. The good news is , you will never have “empty nest syndrome” you will always have your child , now adult giving you the most pure form of unconditional love.
So buckle up … literally! tighten those money belts because unless you choose a group home option or have great family and friends who will help out for the long haul , finding and keeping a “real job”, going or finishing that college degree, might just be a dream you can write about.
to be continued… like the song that never ends, it goes on and on my friend…
#”its not about a salary , its all about reality”
What are you/we going to do about this?
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”― Mahatma Gandhi