Matthew F.



NEEDS: $750

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My beautiful baby boy was born on January 5th, 2002. He had a natural birth. I refused all drugs. By 12 months, he started to speak a semblance of words like "tickle tickle tickle”, “doggy", “mom", and "bye bye Daddy". He loved toys with balls, trains, books, and the television shows Sesame Street and Teletubbies. At 18 months, he was bit by a dog. He was also pushed and hit his head. After both incidents his personality changed. He seemed more reluctant and reserved, but that seems like it's to be expected. I didn't think much of it at the time. I thought he went through a shy phase. Other strange things began to happen, like he hated any change. He stopped wanting to try new things and he stopped talking. Eventually I recognized he was autistic, although at the time I had no idea how bad.

I immediately started different therapies such as ABA, diets, Homeopathy, B12 shots, anything short of actual Psychotherapy drugs. I wouldn't go that far. Some therapies helped but nothing lasted. Diet changes helped as well as antibiotics, but nothing sustained long-term progress. The years have been speckled with ups and downs, small victories where he seems happier and more open to trying new things, and other days where he suffers spasms and tics, involuntary sounds, and spasmodic gestures, while he also grabs his head in pain. He stopped trying to talk around age 2, but intensive therapy caused him to regress instead of improve. When Matthew was young I had the drive, energy, and money to try to help him, but I burned myself and his dad out. We split up.

I got ill. I got lupus and narcolepsy and then cancer from all the stress. I became unable to work. I am 60 years old now, energy depleted. I want to try Homeopathy for him, a treatment that helps a friend of mine’s son. Trying another therapy that may fail, after spending tens of thousands, is daunting. I know life has no guarantees but I don't want to quit trying. I still believe in that breakthrough that may help him. Each failure is a blow to my self-esteem, but each day I keep praying and hoping someone knows how to help him.

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