BEFORE AND AFTER
DIAGNOSED AT 20 MONTHS OLD WITH NON-VERBAL MODERATE TO SEVERE AUTISM
FULLY RECOVERED BY AGE 4
Chapter 25 Branson’s Miracle
By Coral Bergmann
At fifteen months old, the slide into hell began. He lost his speech his ability to point or imitate. He lost his sense of balance, his eye contact and all of his pain receptors. He lost most of his muscle tone and then, tragically, he lost himself. He had diarrhea for six months straight and would scratch himself all over until he bleed. His behavior became wild and he no longer turned in response to his own name. The diagnosis for my child, regressive autism. I never had a doubt in the seat of my soul as to the outcome of this journey. But I had no idea what a formidable opponent autism would be. At about the year mark it looked like Branson would be non-verbal. But the miracle was to be ours. The light came back into his eyes and his soul woke-up. We had done it.We are still faced with the entire medical after-effects of this disease, but I know in time we will prevail. We have been on the autism roller coaster for almost two years now, and this has been the hardest time of my life. Although I am a single parent, I am not alone. I have had a chance to get reacquainted with God. Not the God you meet in your Sunday best in church, but the God you meet laying on your kitchen floor at three in the morning. There is no Ronald McDonald House for us, no wing at Saint Judes to offer help, or even hope. The parents of a child with autism are left to go the road alone. I am my son’s full-time researcher, bio-chemist, pharmacist, educator, doctor, nutritionist, and chef. I control all aspects of his environment down to the smallest detail. They say that the children who fully recover have fanatical parents. I told my son: “You are so in!” I am fanatical.
Put out the greatest intentions for your child’s healing. Be very specific when you visualize the outcome of this journey and write it down.
a life to live.