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It's about being brave! — suzanne-mcrae.com

It’s about being brave!

Today you will find my post links to a blog post circle. We are all women who have been together for the past 5 weeks taking the online e-course Kelly Rae Roberts. The small group that was formed decided to write on the topic of being brave, courageous and strong.

Let me share with you where in my life I’ve had to be brave and move out of my comfort zone.

It was several weeks ago when I stepped out my comfort zone with what I’m about to share with you. It was probably early summer that I found out that Chicken Soup for the Soul was going to be publishing a new book in April 2013, on Raising Kids on the Spectrum. They were looking for parents to submit their stories so they could fill a book of 101 Inspirational Stories for Parents of Children with Autism and Asperger’s. This book would be a collection of stories that could offer support, advice, insights as well bring comfort, encourage and uplift other families going through such a journey with a child on the spectrum.

Someone that I had met earlier this year in a course online had sent me an email about it and she kept nudging me gently to write and submit my story. She was aware that I had a son with autism. I wasn’t sure I could write such a story at first. But she kept insisting that I had a story to tell. I kept wondering how this person who didn’t know me all that well could believe that I could do this? It stayed on my to-do list for a long time and one day only a few weeks before the deadline I sat down with my husband and our daughter to see what it was that I should write about? What message did I want to share? I had the task of figuring out a way to convey the message that I wanted to share.

It took me a while to see that this was a wonderful opportunity for me to share in a much bigger way. There’s always the chance that my story could be chosen and published in their book. That would make me a published author. What an honour and a privilege that would be able to share parts of our life with raising our son on the spectrum and to inspire others on their own journey from what we have learned.

In the story I wrote about the challenges of raising a son who has autism… how my dreams for him changed when he was diagnosed… and the journey took us on a winding and at times foggy road… and most importantly I shared about where autism kept us for many years as well as where this journey has taken us. And that’s to a place where we are beginning to see our our son with different eyes and that is to see him outside of the autism box. I titled my story Autism – “The Light Outside the Box”.

I don’t know if my story will be chosen, but the wonderful opportunity that I was gently nudged to write about has helped me to see just how much we as a family have evolved over the years and that has made it all worthwhile.

Now I invite you to head over and read Becky Cavendar’s wonderful blog post where she will be sharing her story.
(Note: our group is from all around the world, so there may be a delay with some of the blog posts depending 
on the time zone that these women are in.)


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  1. Suzanne, that is a wonderful story! It sounds like you have much wisdom that could help others just starting on that journey. Yay for bravery!
    Gail Haile recently posted..Do what you cannot doMy Profile

  2. I really loved this post, Suzanne. Thank you very much for sharing. And for being brave enough to submit your family’s story to the publication. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed that it gets accepted!!

    Is it OK if I share your post with some of my friends with autistic kids? I thought I could share it on my personal FB page, if that’s OK?
    Becky recently posted..Practicing CourageMy Profile

    • Hi Becky, thank you for keeping your fingers and toes crossed for me. lol I would love if it was accepted, time will tell.

      I am thrilled that you would share with others who have autistic children. I have no problem with that or you sharing it on your FB page. I plan on writing way more about our experiences and our journey with our son on my website. I started in little bits but there’s way more to come. 🙂

  3. Go you for having the courage to submit and tell your story! Things can happen rather unexpectedly, the way I see it is even if it doesn’t get chosen there was a reason for a person who barely knew you to give you that little push. I believe this is only the beginning of something great for you. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Jennifer Vitale recently posted..She Gives Me CourageMy Profile

    • I truly believe also Jennifer that there’s a reason for everything in life. And who knows yet what the reason for writing this story was all about. I’m grateful that I had the courage to do so, along with a few little nudges along the way. Thank you for believing that this is only the beginning of something great for me. 🙂

  4. I love how you were intentional in considering what message you wanted to communicate. Telling our stories has a way of helping us gain perspective for ourselves as we choose the language we use and the details we share with others. You have a beautiful way of expressing yourself. I know if your story is published it will be a great blessing to many families.

    • I had to make it intentional Janice, otherwise I would have probably written a book and I couldn’t do that since there was a word count limit. lol Thank you for the lovely comments and believing that my story will be a great blessing to many families. xo

  5. Good for you!! For being brave and sharing your story. Hope it gets published! Oh, and love the blog circle idea. I signed up, but missed it somehow. i will try and join in next month.
    Nancy Lennon recently posted..Finding Trust AgainMy Profile

  6. Suzanne, so happy that you decided to write that story for the book. You have so much to share and offer, that it would have been a shame if you had not.. It takes courage to put ourselves out there but it makes the world a much better place. Thanks for sharing your story

  7. Suzanne, What a wonderful experience for your whole family that you took the time to choose how to view your son and how to present your situation. I believe that when you do something like write this article, it opens you to receiving another blessing–which may or may not be in the form of your writing being included in this book. Goodness to all of you!
    Janet recently posted..Non-Fattening – Spiritual CookiesMy Profile

  8. Having been a teacher with kids on the spectrum, I bow down before parents. I LOVE that you discovered a path that honors the differences/uniqueness. Best wishes on being a published author soon!

    • Hi Jean, I didn’t know that you taught children on the spectrum. I have often wondered how teachers had the time necessary to figure out our kids on the spectrum, since they were only with the children for a short period of the 24 hour a day. Your job was not an easy one either. I love your best wishes. It’s lovely seeing you here. 🙂

  9. What a touching story Suzanne, thank you so much for sharing it here. I actually can’t imagine how much courage it would take to submit a personal story for publication in a book. I think the title of your piece is wonderful and I really hope you get published in the book, I would really like to read it.
    Judith Johnston recently posted..October JewelleryMy Profile

    • Judith, thank you for your support and encouraging words for having my story published. I will be sharing for sure if I hear back from them. Thank you for stopping in, love having you here. xo


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