A Facebook friend posted this yesterday on his wall, a quote from Jimmy Carter:
My faith demands—this is not optional—my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.
It spoke to me, in terms of putting all my resources, physical and mental as well as economic, into recovering Martin. My faith does demand so much; whatever I need to sacrifice from my own life, I will give to improve Martin’s.
At the same time, this got me to thinking about something I wrote two days ago, replying to a comment left on this blog’s “About” page regarding biomedical ASD recovery:
I’m not saying this will work. Not saying I know how it works. Not saying everyone should do it. I’m just describing what we’re doing and what happens—fingers crossed.
The Track Two approach we’re taking for Martin is radical. Bucking the established medical community does not fall within every parent’s comfort zone. I know that. I never want this blog to suggest, to insinuate, or even to hint that the only way, or the best way, to “do whatever [you] can” is to undertake biomedical recovery.
Far from it. I am yet to meet the parent of a child with ASD who is not pouring his or her resources, every last drop, into that child. Special education, therapies, patience, protecting, comforting, just getting through the day: It takes all you’ve got. And somehow you do it, whatever you can, wherever you are, whenever you can, for as long as you can with whatever you have. You do.