Having heard about Paddy McGuiness and his wife Christine’s heartbreak, over their four-year-old twins’ Autism diagnosis recently, I wanted to write about it because I not only feel sad, but I can also resonate.
I can draw parallels with them through my Sensory Processing Disorder (“SPD”). I understand why each day is a battle because it’s the same struggles brought forward into a new day, that never leaves you, that can flare up at any moment. It’s often difficult to escape the feeling of hopelessness, helplessness, knowing things can never change that life will never be normal.
When my senses are out of control, I too feel like I’m drowning under the strain and stress. Not being able to rationale, or find a resolve on something that seems quite straight forward to us, can leave us isolated. The feeling of panic, fear, anxiety, the not knowing how to deal with the issue.
I am pleased they have an early diagnosis for their children because that will make all the difference. Together with their positive approach, parenting skills and united attitude will help them become even stronger. Although this wasn’t and isn’t my life, it does make a difference when parents’ and families support. Unlike my exposure, their children will be less exposed and their lives made so much easier.
Any disability can seem dark and daunting, particularly when every day is a struggle and there is no respite on what we deal with. Where Paddy McGuiness says: ‘some days, it feels like you’re slowly drowning. It’s like you’re under water desperately swimming up to get oxygen but never getting there.’ I can resonate with that totally.
Turning to Paddy’s beautiful children, life may seem like an uphill battle, but with loving parents by their side, their children will have all the help they need. That sadly, wasn’t my life.
Today’s blog is dedicated to the McGuiness family.