The Diagnosis

The Princess, The Minion, and Their Parents

Dear Minion,

This week you were officially diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For the past year, I’ve known it was coming, even though I was in denial about it. I didn’t want it for you, but I was expecting it. We still don’t want it, but we are determined to fight for you to give you every opportunity to reach your potential, which it limitless. Even though I was expecting it, the words from the doctor still hit me in the gut and left me disoriented.

Autism is a terrifying word when used in the context of your own family. There is so much unknown, and to date there is no known cause or cure. I am terrified of the label this will give you. I am terrified of what this means for our family – for you, for your sweet sister, and for me and Dad. Life will…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is nathan@autismcandles.com. Feel free to contact me. https://www.autismcandles.com

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