A mother’s account of life with her autistic son has seen her shortlisted for a digital award.
Lucie Aiston, of Tilgate, has been named one of 10 individual finalists in the Most Innovative category for the UK Blog Awards for her blog Our World and Autism.
Now she has a nerve-racking three-month wait before the judges name a winner.
Lucie, 35, said she started writing her blog as “a kind of release” after her son Xavier, 8, was diagnosed with autism when he was five.
She and her husband Edward, 33, found themselves dealing the challenges which came with the boy’s condition as well as ensuring their 12-year-old daughter Izabel received the attention she needed.
Lucie said: “I started it really just as a kind of release for myself because things can be quite tough at home.
“Then I went on to thinking if there are others out there in a similar position they will know they are not alone.”
What started out as a personal project soon blossomed and Lucie started to receive feedback from people who read her blog.
She said: “I’m actually really choked because I thought it was just little old me. But I’ve had a lot of feedback from people who deal with similar situations and also from people who knew nothing about autism.”
As for the awards, Lucie admitted to being overwhelmed.
She added: “I’m so happy that my work is being recognised – it means so much to me. I’m not trying to teach anyone anything. My blog is just for people going through similar experiences so they can feel they are not alone. That to me is the most important thing.”
To read Lucie’s blog, log on to www.ourworldandautism.com