American singer and song writer Toni Braxton on Wednesday in an interview said that her son is no longer Autistic and that he has been cured of the disease.
“My youngest son, as everyone knows, my son Diezel suffers from — or I should say suffered from autism. I am one of the lucky parents,” she said during the interview. “Early diagnosis changes everything. I will tell you this. I will shout it from the rooftops.”
She said that her son had been “off the spectrum” when he was diagnosed with Autism, but now she said that he no longer shows signs of autism, and also added “our lives have changed.”
This seven time- Grammy award winner said that her son Diezel, who is 13 years old has been diagnosed with Autism at the age of three and that after her son’s diagnosis she was called by Suzanne Wright, the co-founder of Autism Speaks. She also added that Suzanne Wright had helped her through the challenge of raising her son by suggesting programs and offering help.
Toni Braxton said, “She’s been an advocate in helping me so much. I miss her already. I mean, I can’t believe she’s gone.”
She had previously spoken about her son’s disease and said that it was a punishment from God for having had aborted a baby.
In her memoirs she wrote,“In my heart, I believed I had taken a life — an action that I thought God might one day punish me for.” She also added “My initial rage was quickly followed by another strong emotion: guilt. I knew I’d taken a life…I believed God’s payback was to give my son autism.”
According to the NIH Braxton was named Global Autism Ambassador for Autism Speaks In 2012, widely lauded as the largest autism advocacy group in the nation. And now the seven-time Grammy winner says she’s “one of the lucky parents” because her son “is off the spectrum.” The spectrum she referred to is a medical term used to identify a wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability for those who suffer from Autism.