In the new year everyone begins to make resolutions. They think of all of the things that they want to change. I wonder while we look at our money, our weight, etc. whether we will ever look at our drinking? As a society we operate under the premise that to have fun or to enjoy ourselves we have to drink. I used to really enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine. I have to say that I can no longer really enjoy these as it just makes me think of how that substance can change lives.
I think it is amazing how much we have learned about how prenatal alcohol exposure can affect a developing fetus. Yet the percentage of people who are drinking during the years they can conceive is growing and not shrinking. That is what is so confusing. There is some incredible research that is irrefutable and yet people call Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder a myth. I know hundreds of parents who would tell you how they know this is not a myth. We live every day with children and adults who suffer due to their exposure in utero.
I think that watching a child suffer due to something that they had no control over is one of the hardest things ever. This year our youngest has fought through so many things. She was born exposed. She has suffered every day with feeding issues, breathing issues, neurological issues, etc. She is just one baby….I know of others who are fighting even more significant issues. The sad part is that these issues were preventable. I have 10 older children who were all affected by prenatal exposure. They are all different but they are all struggling due to this exposure.
I pray for new beginnings. I feel like if we could all make a resolution for the new year of just discovering how much fun we can have with no alcohol. I know my children have fun every day and they don’t need this. They help me to see the joy in every day life. Today we got to just spend time together and how precious that is. I pray for everyone to discover what FASD is…how it affects people and how important it is to educate others. I would like it if everyone would tell one person about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). If that happened soon everyone would know. Maybe in the new year everyone would even hear!