Forum: Children with Developmental Delays and Disorders
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I finally watched with my husband and I counted my blessings. I have no idea what the future holds.
I feel really guilty for feeling like this or even saying it, but I am so glad Billy is not on the same part of the spectrum as what I saw on the documentary. I guess I am trying to see the glass as half-full. Hubby is having a harder time with it saying it is so hard knowing Billy is on the spectrum at all. The way I see it is that our boy is healthy, extremely happy, and extremely loving. I don't know how I would handle it is he was completely detached.
I hope me thinking this way doesn't offend anyone as I am sure there are mommies here with children on the more severe end of the spectrum. That is where the guilt comes in.
The spectrum is very wide and varied, and something that has helped me is trying to see and focus on all the positives - counting my blessings that Daniel is as able and as intelligent as he is. He is high-functioning, very switched-on and perceptive, and incredibly loving - I love who he is. I don't think there's anything wrong with counting your blessings as a parent that your child is not affected as severely as some are. I'm sure at the same time you empathise with parents who have it harder and would be here for them if they needed to talk/vent.