Thank you, Paddy

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I WAS so moved by the poem Paddy McGuin­ness’ wife Chris­tine posted on so­cial me­dia at week­end to cel­e­brate their twins’ fourth birth­days.

The cou­ple have al­ways kept their kids out of the lime­light, but they de­cided to re­veal to the world that Leo and Pene­lope have autism to mark the spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

As the mother of an autis­tic child my­self, I can to­tally re­late to ev­ery­thing she said in the poem and un­der­stand whole­heart­edly what they must be go­ing through.

They have done such a brave thing by open­ing up about their chil­dren’s strug­gles and the fact that they are a fam­ily in the pub­lic eye will raise aware­ness of the con­di­tion.

My son has lim­ited speech and I know all too well about the strug­gles of ‘beige food’, as Chris­tine put it in her poem.

I hon­estly be­lieve that chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties are born to the strong­est of par­ents. Yes, there have been dif­fi­cult days with Luca, but I would not change him for the world.

And for Paddy and Chris­tine to speak about their own ex­pe­ri­ences will help to ed­u­cate the pub­lic about autism.

There are still so many ig­no­rant peo­ple who stare at your child if they get frus­trated or up­set in pub­lic, or point and make nasty com­ments.

Good on you Paddy and Chris­tine – and happy birth­day to the twins!

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