Thank you, Paddy
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!