When I was 18 years old I gave birth to my daughter Selena. She was an excellent baby – completely healthy. When I turned 19, my son Robert was born. I knew there was something special about him, and he wasn’t acting like a normal child. Both of my children were born when I was living in Puerto Rico, and at the time, the doctors didn’t have any answers for my concerns. I knew in my heart that I had to look for answers.
In hopes of finding answers, I decided to take both of my children to Connecticut. After an extensive search, I was able to find a specialist who diagnosed Robert with autism. My heart broke into a million pieces at the news, and I realized that my son needed all of the help and support I could provide. Having to put school on hold was a huge sacrifice I was willing to take for him.
As years passed, I found love again and got married. My husband and I gave birth to our bundle of joy Frankie. A year later, we were blessed with Christopher. From the first moment I laid eyes on Christopher, I knew there was something special about him. A year later he also was diagnosed with autism. With both children having the support they needed, we received unexpected news – our daughter Frankie was also diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger Syndrome. I am blessed to have four children, and having three on the spectrum make me and my husband special.