A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds
The core message that I took away from Mother Warriors is one of balance. Each of these parent’s stories has the theme “my child was vaccinated and had an extreme reaction to it; in the end (with one sad exception), my child emerged autistic, but was helped to recover.” This is not, however, a diatribe against all vaccination. It is instead a call for common sense, and for acknowledging that for all the benefits of vaccines to most children, there are some children who can be very adversely affected. It is for these children that we must be watchful, and we acknowledging that parents really do know their children best. And, it is for all children that Mother Warriors carries the message: never, ever give up when it comes to your children.
These parents faced harrowing experiences, felt isolated and unheard. Yet they also found ways to really, truly help their autistic children. This in the face of a commonly held belief about autism that “there’s nothing that can be done.” I really appreciate hearing all these different people, with very different lives and perspectives, tell their story. I’m not sure which I find most powerful: their love and determination, or all the many and varied things they found that helped their children. Both carry a strong message of hope, one that I believe is strong enough to resonate for years to come and really help change how children are treated in relation to vaccination and also to autism.