I think of my life from two different perspectives. One is BD and one is AD. The BD is before the diagnosis and AD is after the diagnosis. Our world changed and it is so different than we imagined. We are often worried, even scared but we are more often in awe of our son and we have learned to appreciate so many little things that would likely be overlooked. Would our son walk? Would he ever talk? Will he have friends? I saw a line in an article one time that I can't recall where I read it exactly but, "I often see groups of children, summer day camps, daycare classes, community events and I look to see if there is ever a child that is wandering alone. And I wonder if that will be my son." That sentence struck a chord with me. I do that very thing. And, then, I remember the other parents, the teachers, the therapists and organizations like Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy (WAAA) that understand exactly what it feels like to have those thoughts. I know that WAAA is working every day to create equity through changing laws, provide resources for families that don't know where to turn or have their questions answered, and creating a community of inclusion for those on the Autism Spectrum or any other special need that someone may have. For that, I am grateful and that is why I try to help every year with my fundraiser for their annual WAAAlk for Autism!