#Autism Dad Confessions: I feel so much stress and pressure that I’m physically ill



Part of my job is to help the world at large better understand what goes into being an Autism parent.  A large component of that, unfortunately, is stress related. 

This post is all about the things that have me so stressed out at this point that I’m physically ill. 

Some of you will be able to relate while others may not but what matters most to me is getting the information out there. If these things go without mention, how will anyone gain a deeper insight into all that parents like myself have to go through. 



It goes without saying that Autism is a major source of stress in my life. There are times that I hate Autism because of how difficult it makes the lives of my children and yet there are other times when I’m in awe of it. 
What I think people tend to sorta lose sight of is that parents like myself have to also deal with all the same issues as everyone else, on top of all that Autism, fragile health and serious mental health issues that make our lives so difficult. 

One of the things that has me so stressed out is money. I’m currently in a situation where we temporarily lost our food benefits (due to a paperwork error) and my paycheck is going to be three weeks late. This has put us in a temporary but very difficult situation. 

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bwiren
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I hope things get better soon. 🙁

bwiren
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I posted as a guest so it won’t show up under my Disqus. But you should have my email.

Alyssa Rogers Williams
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Wow. I haven’t been back here in weeks and weeks (months) and while I feel sympathy my empathy isn’t quite at the same level. You’ve been on this same hamster wheel for years when I used to read the blog regularly until you experienced a breakthrough on your own with self determination . You’ve another mouth to feed again too now and as I have some disabled pals they’ve told me there are oodles of stay at home sources of income both you and Lizze qualify for. As for the things like leaves what a fun group chore that could… Read more »
Braden
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I agree with everything Alyssa wrote. It’s hard to keep rooting for (and reading) when ‘the song remains the same’

Rob Gorski
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Braden,

Please don’t feel obligated to read about and or root for us. This is just the way life is for us and so many other families out there raising kids with special needs. I do however, appreciate your feedback and wish you nothing but the best.

Rob Gorski
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When you read and see depressing posts, what you’re reading is the reality of being an Autism parent. While it can be very depressing, there are so many people who can relate. I’m not asking anyone to root for me or my family. My mission isn’t to garner sympathy but instead to make people aware of what families like mine go through. As for eating healthy, perhaps that’s more affordable where you live but here, it’s much more expensive. There’s way more to eating healthy than buying organic. That’s why we are seeking help from a nutritionist. It’s also worth… Read more »
Alyssa Rogers Williams
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Thank you. It’s your life and I don’t wish anything but good things for you guys, and with Gavin’s situation more dire it seems than ever (I am truly sorry to read that) it just seems maybe, since your fam is reunited that now there’s two of you , maybe divide and conquer, reallly looking outside the box for short term solutions to the irritating problems (groceries, utilities) whilst obviously focusing on the major issues the most (Gavin’s health)

Even what may seem like sharp criticism may have nuggets of truth. Peace to you all.

Rob Gorski
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Thank you. I’m glad we can remain friends…… ☺

Sophie Wegat
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Sadly I agree too. I’ve said it before but with two of you at home now why can’t one of you work. It would make such a difference.

Rob Gorski
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Sophie, If it were that simple, it would have been done a long time ago. Lizze’s health has been a major issue for many years. She’s both unable to work and unable to watch the kids for more than a brief period of time. Gavin requires 24/7 care and that’s way more than she’s able to do. For that matter, it’s more than I can do sometimes. Chronic illness is something that some families have to contend with. While emotionally Lizze is much better, physically she’s very limited. I really appreciate your concern and I know it comes from a… Read more »
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