It breaks my heart to read comments like the one I read today. It was left on a post a wrote about moms who want to commit suicide. I want to help, offer advice, but am afraid of saying the wrong thing. I’m just a mom. I know some of what she is going through, but I am not in her position. I am putting her comment in this post in hopes that some of my readers will post comments to help. Even a few supportive words could make the difference in how she feels.
I am a mother who found this site by searching what’s in my heart – I can’t go on like this. I’m so desperate for something to change, for someone to help me. I read all the time how parents with autistic kids aren’t alone – really? I’m completely alone with him. No husband, no family, and my friends (who are amazing) all have kids on the spectrum and are going through the same thing I am. I LOVE my son, I LOVE him more than life but I can’t take him anywhere. He’s completely disruptive and out of control. I’m held hostage by his condition, just as he is. And he has a twin who is simply a hostage in his journey; she can’t have her own life because Autism has taken everything from us. I’m six figures in debt because I’ve tried everything to help him and “everything” costs more than I make. I can’t find a school that will take him, unless I want him to wander around the room and never progress. So I have to work full=time, home-school him, and try to find some energy to be a happy, loving mother – and I’m tapped out. I’m tapped out. I can’t do this for another 13 days much less 13 years – and that’s only if a miracle happens and I can send him to college. I just want him to talk to me, to tell me how he feels, to listen to me, to not throw a fit and disrupt everything everywhere we go. He’s completely out of control and I just don’t know what to do anymore. And he’s already stronger than me at age 5; by the time he’s 10 I won’t have to kill myself because he may end up killing me by accident – and that’s not something I can bear for him. I love him too much. What do I do? Please just tell me what to do. What works? What works? What works?
Have you contacted any of your local support groups? Do you receive any respite care? It sounds like you are in real need of a respite care worker.
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1/4 cup Country Crock® Spread
2 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
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8 slices white bread
6 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, sliced
9 slices turkey pepperoni, chopped
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