When Joe said that Autism won't kill you and that scientists had it, he wasn't being disrespectful, he was just trying to put things into perspective. Yes, Autism is a serious learning and communication condition, yes it's a struggle, and it can be heartbreaking, but it's not a fatal disease. Thank God! There is a huge difference between caring for a child with cancer or kidney disease and caring for a child with Autism. We have other friends, like our friends at NephCure who we see all the time, who aren't as lucky. Kidney disease can kill you. Cancer can kill you. God willing, Nicholas will get better and grow up to have a healthy, normal life. Maybe even be a scientist! Whoever knows my husband knows he's not malicious. Jacqueline and Chris, you know Joe would never mean anything bad about Nicholas. He has a special place in both of our hearts.
So back to the retreat... I was really nervous especially when everyone arrived and it seemed like everyone except Rosie really didn't want to be there. I could tell their hearts were not open and it broke mine. I wondered why they even came at all.
I thought the team builders were adorable, and they did get us trusting and laughing pretty quickly. But then it went downhill. I finally had my brother face-to-face for the first time in a year, and all I wanted to do was get him to believe me over Jacqueline. That was my "blood over water" speech, I wasn't talking about Melissa. P.S. When I joked about ghosts in the castle and said we had a "witch" coming, I was also talking about Jacqueline, not Melissa. Not nice, I know, but I was upset, it was a joke, and Jacqueline wasn't joking with her rants about me on Twitter... Put yourself in my shoes. I don't think it's the worst thing I could have said.