About the author:
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 36 year old Autism advocate, writer, hardcore techie, Google android fanatic, creator of the My Autism Help Forums and co-founder of Guardian Locate. However, more importantly, I’m father to 3 amazing beautiful special needs boys. All 3 of my boys are on the Autism Spectrum and have other serious health issues. Gavin is 15, Elliott is 8 and Emmett John is 6.
2014 was a year of tremendous change. It was the year my marriage of 11 years ended and I became a full time, single Father. My wife of 11 years decided she wanted out of the marriage. It was that simple and I still don’t truly understand exactly what happened. I was caught completely off guard. The boys live with me full time and visit with her on the weekends. It’s less than ideal but we are making it work for the kids sake.
Things can be very difficult and everyday seems to be more challenging than the last, however, I always somehow manage to survive and keep myself and the boys moving forward.
A few years ago, I discovered that I enjoy writing and was actually really good at it. I 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 and all around person.
My new found 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 my story and reaching out to others within the special needs community, particularly those families touched by Autism.
The name Lost and Tired is not meant to have negative connotation. It simply refers to how I felt when this Special Needs Parenting journey first began. It describes how I still feel at times. I think people can really relate to the name and hopefully, it helps them to remember that they aren’t alone on the this exhaustive but rewarding journey of life.
My goal with Lost and Tired is to educate people and help them better understand what life can be like for families with a special needs child (or in my case, children). I share this story from my perspective, in a very honest and transparent way, even if it doesn’t paint me in a good light.
If you feel like you know me after reading what I’ve shared, it’s because you really do get to know the real me. I’m a imperfect, flawed and an expert mistake maker. I’m one person, one human being, trying to do a job that sometimes requires superhuman abilities. I’m as far from perfect as someone can be but I never give up, I’m tenacious and I will move mountains for my loved ones, especially my children.
I want to dispel the misconceptions surrounding Autism and show how my life and the lives of my children are affected by it each and every day. Believe it or not, it’s not always bad. In fact, it can actually be pretty amazing at times.
Since I began writing about 4-plus years ago, I have been interviewed countless 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 over 40,000,000 hits so far. That’s pretty amazing for a personal blog in a niche category.
My readers are the very best in the world and exist in almost every single country in the world, literally. I’m not bragging. I just think that’s so cool.
My personal philosophy is that only when people can understand and relate, will they become truly Autism Aware. I believe that as Autism and Special Needs Parents, 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, My Autism Help. My Autism Help is a support forum for anyone touched by Autism or any other Special Needs type condition. We are a group of parents that have been there. It’s a safe, judgment free place to seek advice, vent your frustrations and share your victories. My Autism Help is accessible directly from my blog or via the FREE 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 some 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.
Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance.
I really look forward to getting to know all of you. Please take a second and introduce yourself and share a bit about what your experience below.
Until next time.