So, it turns out March 30th is National Doctor’s Day! Normally, i would be all–“who friggin cares?” BUT
This is doctor cousin. (well, actually it’s me, my bestie and Dr. cousin–who is actually my bestie’s cousin) She’s not actually cousin by blood, but she’s my cousin, OKAY? Anyway, she’s a bonifide doctor now and she’s the best thing since sliced bread! Unless you’re gluten free–and then she’s even better. (and she’s single, gentlemen, says her Jewish matchmaking yenta)
But i have no reason to support her other than love.
As some of you may or may not know–I have not had the best luck with doctors for Ben. His first Ped. was a moron who fed the “he’s just a boy” argument to me when he wasn’t speaking at age two. I’m sure he meant well, but I just had no confidence in him. And his nurse was a BIOTCH.
But this isn’t about him.
Ben has a new doctor, that we started with last year (after his second doctor just up and retired) and for the first time–THE FIRST TIME, we have a pediatrician who LISTENS to us and our concerns. She takes Ben’s Autism seriously, and treats him with so much respect that i’m a little teary just writing about it. She treats him like I know Doctor cousin would, as if we were family, as if my little boy is the best little patient she has EVER had.
But how do you say thank you for being so awesome?
Well, it turns out a certain organization has already though of a way…
ASF is a not-for profit organization founded by parents and scientists. It’s mission is to “support autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research.”
This is from their Mission statement:
- Autism is known to have a strong genetic component. Research must aim to discover the mechanisms of action that trigger autism, as well as safe, effective and novel treatments to enhance the quality of life for children and adults currently affected.
- Early diagnosis and early intervention are critical to helping people with autism reach their potential, but educational, vocational and support services must be applied across the lifespan. Science has a critical role to play in creating evidence-based, effective lifespan interventions.
- Vaccines save lives; they do not cause autism. Numerous studies have failed to show a causal link between vaccines and autism. Vaccine safety research should continue to be conducted by the public health system in order to ensure vaccine safety and maintain confidence in our national vaccine program, but further investment of limited autism research dollars is not warranted at this time.
I know this ain’t in everyone’s wheelhouse–but it is turning cartwheels in mine, and they have my support 100%.
Anyway, they have this cool fundraiser going on. As a special thank you to a favorite doctor in your life, for every $15 donated, ASF will send a cool card to your doctor letting them know a donation was made in their name toward Autism research and education.
And really–how often do we show our doctors how grateful we are other than harassing them about late-night fevers and eczema prescriptions?
So if you have a moment, make a quick lil donation to ASF, and thank your doctor in the process!
[UPDATE: Fundraiser ends March 30! ]