My son has an Autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. He was older when we received his diagnosis. Little changed with an actual diagnosis. He's the baby, the youngest, while not "exactly" babied-he's been watched out for and looked after by so many in his life including and especially his 3 older siblings.
Driving home the other day it was just my son and I. Normally quiet, I was startled when he burst out with some random crazy noise/movement. I said "Why do you do that?" His response: "Why do YOU do that-ask me why I do stuff all the time?" "You don't ask everyone else that!----stupid Autism!"
I have at times chosen words so carefully so that I don't hurt or upset him, often only to realize he didn't really care. This time-a seemingly innocent comment-bothered him.
I realized (again) that while his diagnosis doesn't define my son, it is a part of him.
How does this relate to my running?
This year I participated in a local 8k race that raises funds for the local chapter of the Autism Society-supporting Autism awareness.
This year I will also participate in a 5k race sponsored by the local Autism Society in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Autism.
As a parent of a child on the Autism spectrum and living Autism daily-clearly I still benefit from Autism Awareness!!
There are races all over raising funds for all sorts of great causes. If you are a runner, I challenge you-find a cause-pick a race and run!
Even better if it's for Autism Awareness!