When they cry; I am unemotional.
When they are down; I stay positive and keep my chin up.
When they are at school; I am in hospital.

When they learn math and languages; I learn about life’s importance and overcoming struggles.
When they are on study leave; I am at school.
When they are sleeping in and doing a few hours study; I am alert, surrounded by teachers, learning and catching up ready for exams.

When they go bowling; I have physio.
When they are having fun with friends; I am slowly making progress, all the while learning patience and determination.
When they go shopping; I have appointments.

When they are spending money on clothes and prettiness; I am meeting different people, listening to their comments and learning the difference between opinion and fact.
When they go tramping; I walk on crutches.
When they are walking up steep slopes; I am learning to walk, truly appreciating each step I take.

When they are conquering mountains; I am doing exactly the same.

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* Stories From the Heart is an ongoing series of user contributed heart warming stories, that shine light on the Autism experience.