I found this on Google+ and just had to share it. It's not new, but still profound. I've spent most of my adult life behind the power curve. That is, I've always had an extra consideration to any life or career decision - my autistic son. OK, everyone has to make those choices, but if you are or know someone who is affected by Autism, then you know what I mean. From the countless times I've been pulled away from work, family activities, sleep, and everything else because there was something I needed to turn my attention to about my son. From the places we've lived, to how we've lived, the costs to fix the damages, the vehicles I own; his condition is not just an addition to normal considerations, it's a combat multiplier.
So judge me if you want to, but walk in my shoes then tell me how you feel.