My name is Rob Gorski and I thought this would be a great chance to introduce you to Lost and Tired. I figured I would start things off by telling you a little bit about myself and my experience within the special needs community.
As I said prior, my name is Rob Gorski and I’m really excited to meet you. I’m a 35 year old Autism advocate, writer, hardcore techy and Google android fanatic. However, more importantly, I’m a father to 3 amazingly beautiful special needs boys. All 3 of my boys on the Autism Spectrum and have other serious health issues. Gavin is 14 (very medically fragile), Elliott is 8 and Emmett John is 5. My amazing wife Lizze, and I have been together for 13 years and married since 2003. I was a firefighter and paramedic for many years until I was injured and later needed to become a stay-at-home-Dad after Lizze became ill.
Things are very difficult and everyday seems to be more challenging than the last, however, we always somehow manage to survive as a family.
I discovered that I enjoy writing and soon realized that writing was a great outlet for me. I think it was so beneficial because I was able to really vent my frustrations and walk away feeling a little less burdened by the stress in my life. Essentially it made me a better father, husband and all around better person.
My passion for writing led me to founding the multiple award winning Lost and Tired blog. I created Lost and Tired as a means of sharing our story and reaching out to others within the special needs community, particularly those families touched by Autism.
My goal is to educate people and help them better understand what life can be like for families with a special needs child (or in our case, children). I share our story from my perspective and in a very honest and transparent way, even if it doesn’t paint me in a good light. I want to dispel the misconceptions surrounding Autism and show how my life and the lives of my wife and children are affected by it each and every day.
Since I began writing about 3.5 years ago, I have been interviewed several times, both in print and on the radio. I have also been published by CNN as well as countless other blogs and websites from around the globe. Lost and Tired has grown tremendously since its inception, garnering 45,363,947 hits since June 2010. (Current as of 4/03/2014)
My personal philosophy is that only when people can understand and relate, will they become truly Autism Aware. I believe that sharing our stories is the best way to educate the public as well as other people within the Autism and special needs community.
I have also created a dedicated support forum called, The My Autism Help Forums. The My Autism Help Forums are a support forum for anyone touched by Autism or wanting to learn about Autism. We are a group of parents that have been there. It’s a safe, private and judgment free place to seek advice, vent your frustrations and share your victories. The My Autism Help Forums is accessible directly from my blog or via The My Autism Help app for android devices and located on the Google Play Store. I love my family more than anything in the world but I’m still human and can feel overwhelmed, frustrated, defeated and angry.
I think Lost and Tired summarizes in a very accurate manner, where I find myself on many days. I want others out there in similar situations to know that they are not alone and it’s okay to feel these things. I encourage others to share their story with the world in order to help break the silence and spread Autism Awareness.