Yesterday was pretty typical of life with Daniel right now. He was difficult and draining and I have spent an exhausting amount of time trying to motivate him to do anything. He is increasingly choosing to isolate himself and narrow his horizons. He angrily fights me when I try to prompted him otherwise. School ended with his first end-of-term “D”. I am having one of those times where I wonder how he will ever take control of his life and live independently. I was thrilled when my “Asperger’s google alert” placed a link to the following article in my inbox:
“A Dream Made Possible for Wyomissing Graduate: After years of struggling with Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD and depression, Dylan M. Hogue graduates from high school and is headed to college in the fall”
If I took this man and added dyslexia, he could be Daniel and he succeeded even though it often seemed impossible. It reminded me also that I am not in this alone and I need to continue to look to ever strengthening Daniel’s support network. None of us is an island. None of us are on this journey alone, even if it sometimes seems very lonely and draining. Keep pushing forward.