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To the Friend Who Has Always Been There for My Autistic Son

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Some people are just born nurturers. They innately and instinctively look out for others and may not even be aware of this caretaking gene that is so ingrained and dominant in their DNA.

This is one such human with one such genetic code and we are so grateful for her. Caitlyn has been Ryan’s friend long before he wanted a friend, needed a friend or really understood the purpose of having and being a friend.

Whether it was the call from Caitlyn’s mom Natalie letting me know that Ryan cried in centers, or had a bloody nose on the playground, or sat alone at recess fearful of an impending thunderstorm or shut down in gym class, or defended her loudly at lunch, Caitlyn’s nurturing heart has been the conduit from my son to me.

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