“You’re so brave”. I don’t like this pandering because I’m not any braver than you. Because I have the same concerns, fears and worries that you have for your child. I’m not any braver because I didn’t choose autism. Autism chose me. What it did do was make me a fighter. Not a willing fighter but a fighter nonetheless. I’m not brave but I can’t give up the fight either. I can’t leave the ring because that would just make the enemy stronger. I’m not brave but my family is. They chose to stay with me when autism chose me. They made a choice to support me and that has made all the difference. We will ultimately be known for the choices we made, not by the perils we ran.