Reaching Out After an FASD Diagnosis

Thank you for writing this from both your heart and mind. Rearing these children to and in adulthood takes a community braiding into their lives. Keep up the great work – Jodee

FASD: Learning with Hope

We could no longer pretend everything was 'normal'We started to reach out about our son's FASD diagnosisAnd that changed everything.By FASD_Mum

We all want to be ‘normal’.  We want our kids to be loved.  When things go wrong, our instincts are to put on a smile, pretend ‘there’s nothing to see here,’ and to brush past staring strangers.  But sometimes that just doesn’t work anymore. This post is about our journey in reaching out to others about our son’s FASD diagnosis.

The issues that made that process of opening up so difficult began long before we had that acronym to hold onto.  We fought hard to adopt our son.  We had to wrestle with the complicated system.  We also had some of our closest family members and friends challenge us regarding the risks involved.  As older parents we were aware there were risks.  We had faced this head-on earlier.  Despite the odds, we did not do any of the advanced tests during my earlier successful pregnancy.  We were ready…

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Meet Lee – #8 of 90 Real People with #FASD

I’m Lee from the UK, aged 30 and living with FASD, I am the founder of Lee Harvey-Heath FASD Through my eyes, network and hopefully soon a social enterprise. I was diagnosed at age 26, but by then had already been in prison and been addicted to alcohol for years. I now live independently and I’m a father. Also a speaker advocate mentor and author, speaking at an event for adoption UK, and soon will be talking to local police offices about the effects of FASD.

MY STORY  – I was born in Plymouth UK. And adopted aged 6 very difficult child hood, and school life, was bullied throughout, left school with no good grades. Left home at 16 and started drinking and became addicted in less than a year, this went on for many years, suicide attempts, getting in trouble with the police, couldn’t hold a job. And got arrested and sent to prison for 2years. Finally released and almost killed myself through drinking again. And moved back in with my adoptive mum, who realised I had FASD, as I still had the same issues a 26 that I did when I was young. I finally got sober and was diagnosed FASD.

STRENGTHS – I’m creative, determined, passionate. Funny, unique. Friendly.

STRUGGLES –  learning, alcohol addiction, anxiety, self esteem, understanding emotions.

LEE’S WISH – to be a good father, and to change the views on alcohol during pregnancy here in the UK. And make as many people as possible aware of how FASD can be really damaging to a life.