I said a little prayer this morning. I prayed God would give me the strength to write this post. I also said a prayer for the Stapleton family and for Issy who is lying in the hospital as I write this.
Kelli Stapleton was another blogger in my hometown of Kalamazoo, MI. I didn’t know her. We never ran in the same circles, so I can’t tell you if she was a good or bad mom. My opinion is unbiased. I did read her blog posts and I felt the love she had for her family and her daughter. People looked up to her and she had a lot of following. That tells me something.
What I do know is that my heart breaks for this family right now. I don’t want to sit here and say that I agree with what she did. I would be lying if I said I did. I’m here to tell you I get it.
I’ve spent many sleepless nights. I’ve been judged and frowned upon. I’ve been denied services. I’ve even been denied IEP’s by the school system here in Kalamazoo. I know the hopelessness and despair thinking you will never get help you need. You wake up and tomorrow’s another day, but is it really? You question if things will ever change.
So, I’m asking you folks, let this be our wake up call!
The funding for autism is not enough. We need more help and support. People need to start looking out and watching for these signs. Unless something is put into place with the system I’m afraid we will have more occurrences. Something more needs to be done.
Let us pray for the people who’s heart are hardened. May God let them see things through her lens so they may have mercy on this family and the battles they are facing. They need prayer, not judgment. Let God be the ultimate judge here.
And lastly, let us pray for this family and sweet Izzy. Let this be our focus and our call to move forward.