American singer Toni Braxton (1967) made an unexpected statement during an interview. She said her younger son, now aged 13, has been cured of autism.
During an interview with Access Hollywood, singer, songwriter and actress Toni Braxton declared that her son had no signs of autism anymore. She thinks that there is an actual cure for autism, namely an early diagnostic:
“My youngest son, as everyone knows, my son Diezel suffers from — or I should say suffered from autism. I am one of the lucky parents. Early diagnosis changes everything. I will tell you this. I will shout it from the rooftops.”
Ten years ago, when he was only three years old, Toni Braxton’s son, Diezel, was diagnosed with the terrible disease. At first, Toni saw this as a punishment from God for having had an abortion. She noted in her autobiography:
“My initial rage was quickly followed by another strong emotion: guilt. I knew I’d taken a life…I believed God’s payback was to give my son autism.”
Diezel and his mother have not been alone on this rough path. As soon as she found out about her son’s condition, Toni Braxton asked for help. The ones who answered were the people from Autism Speaks, led by Suzanne Wright. Diezel followed special programs and had special activities, all of which resulted in his recovery, ten years later.
Toni Braxton is “one of the lucky parents” indeed, as well as Diezel is “one of the lucky children”. She is very thankful to Suzanne Wright and to her association, for all the support they have offered them throughout the years, up to this point:
“She’s been an advocate in helping me so much. I miss her already. I mean, I can’t believe she’s gone.”
There is bad news, as well: Suzanne Wright from Autism Speaks has recently passed away, at 69 years of age.
Medical specialists actually inform that there is no cure for autism (autism spectrum disorder –ASD). There are several types of autism, some mild, and some severe. People who suffer from this disease have problems with brain development, but this doesn’t prevent them from taking classes, having hobbies and master certain skills or arts. In order to achieve that, special programs, special care, and a lot of patience and effort from family and friends are crucial.
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