We don't want this to be a secret. This is a part of you. You are a part of us. We will get through this together...
World, we have a son, and his name is Dominic. He is almost 4 and he is so so perfect, and he is so beautiful so charming so sweet that we still can't believe he really belongs to us. He makes us believe in God and in magic. He doesn't talk much, but when he does, he lights up our world... and he was recently diagnosed with autism. We want to share with you about Dominic and make our first step into bringing acceptance about Autism!
Our brave boy has been through a lot in The past 3 plus years of his young life... surgeries, an eeg, a CT scan, 100’s of blood tests since birth, 100’s of doctors appointments from ENT, hematologist, neurologist, biochemical, dermatologist, ophthalmologist, audiologist, psychiatrist, genetics, infant development, speech language pathologist and the list goes on... he so far been diagnosed with Autism, Anxiety disorder and possible medical PTSD....he has been through so much in his little life so far and it still continues... thankfully he’s been so strong! He is extraordinarily! Please don’t look down upon him instead treat him as you would any 35 month old! Our sweet boy deserves love not judgement please don’t compare him... he is different, he is unique, he is special, and he is perfect! I love him the way he is. He struggles, but he's my hero. He is happy - most of the time ....he is affectionate, funny, and smart - in HIS own, special way.
Please, if you're a parent go hug your babies. They're such precious gifts. And for today, when they call your name 100 times... Mom! Mom! Mom! Dad! Dad! Dad! and you want to pull your hair out, be grateful that they can talk. There are no guarantees in life. We accept this struggle into our life because it makes us better. Our life is enriched because Dominic is in it. It's going to be harder, but it's also going to be better. He's a gift we do not and will not take for granted. He teaches us about patience. He teaches us that the world cares. He teaches us about different. He will teach his sister Ciara about patience and unconditional love... about acceptance and trust... she's already started to advocate for him... she will be a big part of his journey. She is his number fan!
He is still the same sweet, loving, caring, amazing little boy that we've always known. He is friendly, funny, outgoing, and fearless. He is extraordinarily, brave, wise. He is a joy to be around. And his big sister Ciara his dad and I... we will make sure we give him every tool he need to grow, learn, and thrive. Dominic’s autism is not going to prevent him from greatness, or success, or normalcy. He is silly, and loving, and clever; he is stubborn, and resilient, determined and capable. He has bright things in his future. And, despite this diagnose we consider ourselves lucky that, out of all the potential newborns it was Dominic that we got. We are blessed to have him!
We never thought we would be parents of a child with special needs. But here we are. Parents of a child with autism. And while that might be true and we might have some hurdles we need to jump over, Dominic, his dad, his sister and I are no different than we were on The day he was born to the day he was diagnosed and we intend to treat him exactly the same way we did on that day from this day forward. We are constantly in awe and inspired by him. He makes us want to be better parents And he make his sister want to be the worlds best sister. And she's doing amazing. We love him more with every day that passes.
People keep asking us if we are ok, and to be honest, we think we are, Actually we know we are. He is no different today than the day he was born, and nothing has changed. Lately, when we explain that our son has autism, we get a response like, Oh, I'm so sorry... My kid is amazing. He's funny, gifted, kind, joyful, smart, happy, brilliant, and empathetic. He is the delight of our lives. We are so thankful for him everyday. Don't be sorry, because we definitely aren't. Instead educate yourself and others about autism.... bring awareness!
We've opened our hearts and shared one of the most important facts about our perfect little family with you. For our son's sake, we will trust you. Please don't stare at him and please don't judge him. There is nothing wrong with him he is just different, unique, special. We hope when you meet our son, you will see a kid who loves dancing -- his iPad, his oilers blanket and his family. A family with a daddy, a mommy, a big awesome sister Ciara and a little handsome boy named Dominic who happens to have ASD. This is something he has... not what he is.
This diagnosis does not define him. This diagnosis will not define him. He will always be our sweet boy! He will stay fearless and be who he’s meant to be! We got this. And we'll figure out how to move forward together. We will always stand beside him every step of the way... and you my friends are more than welcome to join us in Dominic’s journey... We are Dominic's Dominators! And he is A Sandhu Powered By LOVE! Help us bring acceptance! #DominicsDominators
-"Why fit in....When you were born to stand out?" -Dr. Suess
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