I don’t know about you, but this has been a no-good, terrible year. People are losing it. And we all have the right to lose it. Being on the receiving end of someone else losing it, now that we don’t deserve.

Autism Families absolutely need to keep going. If we don’t it’s too easy to become depressed and then isolate. Some days are better than others. If a parent is chronically ill in any family, it’s like the bridge is breaking and it needs a ton of different supports.

For us, I think we succeeded in giving the kids an awesome childhood. That is until life came to a screeching halt when I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor and trigeminal neuralgia. But here’s the thing, I’ve been advocating self-care to my support group for autism families since way before finally getting the diagnoses. Get a massage, pedi, walk on the beach, take mini-vacays, explore. Take care of yourself. Easier said than done, right?

Recently I learned on average it takes us 66 days to somewhat create a habit, not 21 days. 66 Days. That’s commitment. That’s self-love. That’s life-changing.

Even though life has thrown me serious curveballs right now and I need a new body – a new model. Got one??? I still believe in self-love. But, what does that look like with COVID? I wish it looked like a massage, but not quite yet, IMO.

In my little world? My support group? It looks like this:

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