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Finding Hope and Purpose

My Journey as a Mother Raising Jayden and Duke, Two Amazing Kids with Autism

A group of parents and children at park, members of the High-Five Society

As I sit down to write this blog, I am filled with a sense of gratitude and purpose

that I never thought possible. My journey as a mother raising two incredible

children with autism, Jayden and Duke, while also battling multiple sclerosis (MS),

has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. It's a journey that has led me to

discover my own strength and to create a nonprofit organization that is very dear to

My Early Struggles with MS

My journey with health challenges began in 2012 when I was diagnosed with

multiple sclerosis. The news hit me like a ton of bricks, and I was filled with fear

and uncertainty about what the future held. MS is a complex condition that can

affect every aspect of one's life, and I was no exception. Fatigue, pain, and

mobility issues became constant companions, making even the simplest tasks a


Becoming a Mother to Jayden and Duke

In 2011, Jayden came into our lives, bringing with him a world of joy and love.

However, it quickly became apparent that Jayden's developmental milestones were

different from other children. When he was diagnosed with autism in 2020, I felt a

mix of emotions: concern for his future, and a deep desire to provide him with the

best possible support and opportunities.

The same year, 2020, brought another life-changing moment when we discovered

that our second child, Duke, also had autism. Raising two children with autism was

challenging, but my husband and I were determined to face these challenges

together. Our dreams of a "normal" family life took on a different meaning, and we

embraced the uniqueness of our family.

The Darkness of Depression and Health Struggles

Throughout this time, I struggled not only with the challenges of raising two kids

with autism but also with the unpredictable nature of MS. The weight of my

responsibilities as a mother, combined with the physical and emotional toll of my

health condition, led to periods of depression. There were days when I felt like I

was drowning, unable to see a glimmer of hope in the storm that surrounded me.

The Birth of High-Five Society

But in the midst of this darkness, something remarkable happened. One day, as I

sat with Jayden and Duke, watching them navigate the world with such

determination and resilience, I had an epiphany. I realized that their uniqueness

was not a burden but a gift. They saw the world in a way that no one else could,

and they had so much to offer.

With this newfound perspective, I decided to channel my energy into something

positive. That's when I founded High-Five Society, a nonprofit organization

dedicated to supporting families raising children with special needs, like Jayden

and Duke, all while battling my own health challenges with MS. Our mission was

simple: to empower individuals with special needs and foster inclusive

communities, and a supportive community to parents like me who often felt

isolated and overwhelmed.

The Power of Connection

Through High-Five Society, I discovered the incredible power of connection. I met

other parents who were walking a similar path, and together, we found strength in

our shared experiences. We learned from each other, offered a shoulder to lean on,

and celebrated each small victory. It was through these connections that I began to

heal and find hope.

A Journey of Growth

Raising two kids with autism, while dealing with the daily challenges of MS, is

still incredibly challenging, but it's also incredibly rewarding. I've learned to

embrace the uniqueness of Jayden and Duke and see the beauty in their differences.

They have taught me more about resilience, patience, and unconditional love than I

could have ever imagined.

Conclusion: Finding Purpose and Hope

My journey as a mother raising Jayden and Duke, two amazing kids with autism,

while battling multiple sclerosis, has been a challenging one, but it has also been a

journey of growth, resilience, and love. Through my own struggles with health and

depression, I found the strength to create High-Five Society, a place where families

like mine can find support and hope.

If you're a parent raising children with special or battling a chronic illness like MS,

know that you are not alone. There is a community of people who understand your

journey and are here to support you. And if you're someone who has faced multiple

challenges in life, remember that there is always hope, even in the darkest of times.

Sometimes, the most unexpected moments can lead to the creation of something

beautiful and purposeful, just like my journey with High-Five Society. Jayden,

Duke, and High-Five Society have shown me that love knows no bounds, and

together, we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way.


About High-Five Society: At High-Five Society, we empower individuals with special needs by promoting an inclusive, compassionate community. Our goal is to ensure a nurturing environment for them to thrive and participate in social events that bolster their well-being.

High-Five Society is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization under EIN 92-3510638. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.



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