A Christmas Miracle

There is no better way to end a year than with a Christmas miracle. There is also nothing that can give you more hope and confidence for the year to come.

Whether you are working on your own health challenges or those of your child, and whether you are seeing me, another health professional, or are doing it by yourself, remember that miracles do happen. Sometimes they may look like miracles but they are no miracles at all, just the result of hard work and dedication to the task.

With permission (and names changed to protect the family’s privacy), I would like to relate a portion of a touching e-mail I received during the holidays from the mother of one of my patients, a child with autism. The e-mail’s subject line was “Christmas Miracle.”

In this case, the parents have been steadfast in their determination over the last year to help their son, even though for the first several months of treatment he was no better and at times was worse. This often happens, as natural treatments for autism and other chronic conditions frequently do not progress in a linear fashion.

The email reads “A friend of mine from high school popped in to see my brother while he’s in town for the holidays. In the past, my son Jimmy would look at my husband and ask (semi-rudely, I might add) ‘who’s that?’ or ‘why is he here?’ This time Jimmy looked at my friend and said ‘Hi, I’m Jimmy and I’m seven, who are you?’ When introductions were made, Jimmy smiled real big and said ‘All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth’ (which are indeed missing). Later he spontaneously burst into the song, which he has heard me singing to him lately. This is new, too. He just doesn’t burst into song when we are sitting around the table. His sister does, but never Jimmy! My husband mentioned this to me.he noticed it, too. My friend doesn’t realize he witnessed a miracle, but we do. I have received my Christmas miracle. He’s getting better. It’s really real and true….”

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