PACUB is now dormant, but the friendships I made are not, and some have now become autism mums too. And it is the autism mums that I turn to on a daily basis because even though I also have a severely disabled daughter, it is autism that dominates my life.
On Facebook we celebrate the successes, discuss the problems and support each other through the difficult times. We also laugh, we share information, sometimes we disagree, but I have never experienced any of the drama that others complain about. And we meet in real life too, to relax with others who "get" it, to help each other, and to have fun too.
Many of my closest on-line friends also write, and Monday night this week saw a blogging reunion when I met up with Jazzyville and Bright Side of Life, who lives in South Africa but is currently visiting Ireland. Even though we often talk on Facebook, the evening passed far too quickly, and I really hope we can do it again sometime soon.
This week I also visited a Facebook friend from the West of Ireland who was at the children's hospital for a few days. It was wonderful to see her again and meet her son and to be able to provide a bit of help and support.
Of course I've added real life friends to Facebook too, it's an easier way to keep in touch than playing telephone tag when we all have such busy lives. I love that I'm in touch with friends from long ago, and family who live in other countries. It's great to add friends from real life that you don't see as often as you would like, to share details of events and things of interest, or even to prepare for meetings such as the one I attended on Tuesday evening.
It's been a busy week...
Today I'm taking a break, special needs mum styleee - I seem to have caught a virus and I need to rest up for a few hours to make sure that I can cope with whatever the rest of the day has in store.
So while I give out about Facebook all the time, I also recognise that my life as a carer is much richer for its existence and my children have benefited too, from all the advice and information that is available. It's my first reasons to be cheerful for this week.
And despite some difficulties, I have more reasons too:
- A successful 15th birthday party for my son.
- I finally bought some plants to brighten up the back.
- A book arrived for review. So I have to get back to reading now!
Hope you have a good week, and head over to Lakes Single Mum for more happy posts.