Thursday, August 30, 2012
Real Housewives of New Jersey's Jacqueline Laurita Has Son With Autism
Will Reality TV get a little more "Real" now that a Housewife's son has been diagnosed with autism?
Having a child diagnosed with any illness or disability is a reality I do not wish on anyone. At the same time, stuff happens to all of us and none of us are defined by what happens, rather how we handle what happens. I have a feeling this mom will not only hang tough and tackle the hand dealt her family, she'll also find a way to make a difference in the world of children and families impacted by autism. Stay strong Laurita!
It's a good thing Jacqueline Laurita is such a loving mom.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star recently revealed to People that her 3-year-old son Nicholas has autism.
The toddler's speech and motor skills began to regress at about 18 months of age. "We had no idea what was going on," Jacqueline, also mom to 21-year-old Ashlee and 10-year-old C.J., says.
"I worry about him being independent when he's older," she says. "I spend all my time researching what we can do for him."
Her husband, Chris, tells the mag they "didn't want to believe it was true" that Nicholas suffered from autism. "You never want to think your child isn't perfectly healthy."