I was in hospital last week for the first time in five years.
I had the worst week of my life.
I was sick and tired of living with the disease and I needed to get better.
I felt like I was on a different planet and it wasn’t right to keep on living the way I was.
My daughter was five months old when I had surgery.
That’s when I decided I had to change.
I wanted to go back to my roots.
I want to be a mother.
That was my biggest thing, to not have to give up on her.
But after six weeks, my life is much different.
I’ve had the best life of my career and my daughter is now five years old.
I have to go into work and go into the gym and do the things I love.
I just feel like I have taken a giant leap forward.
Barry Burton is a physiotheracist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Brisbane.
He was born with spina bifida and has been treated for other neurological conditions.
He is one of the doctors on the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s autism team.
His wife Julie is a nurse and a friend of the Burts.
ABC News: The first book: The Burts on Autistic Autonomy.
The second book: Life after autism.
What did you do to feel better?
I’ve been trying to understand what’s going on with my son for the past five years and I’m really trying to get some clarity on it.
I’d like to think that when my daughter got older, she would understand more and understand what it was like for me.
So when my wife Julie and I were working on a book, I felt the pressure.
But it was very easy.
I got over it.
What’s been your best advice to other parents?
The first advice I give to other mothers is to keep your kids on a schedule.
My son was a little too close to school so he would go on holidays and I would have to babysit.
And I didn’t want him to be alone in the house when he was sick, because that’s when he would have problems.
So I would try to take him out of the house, put him in with other kids and just try and keep him away from school.
If you’re doing that for any other reason than just to be home with your kids, you’ll have to get more involved.
And you’ll also have to look after yourself and your family.
That might mean you’re going to take your son out for dinner and then you’re at home alone, just making sure you’re taking care of your family so they’re OK.
If they need to go to school, I would just tell them they’ll have a lunch with me and they’ll be OK.
But when you start to have your own child, you have to be able to be that parent.
What are your thoughts on social media?
I’m not really into social media.
I’m a mum and a doctor, so I’ve got to keep my mouth shut.
But I have heard some really positive things about it and it’s made my life a little bit easier.
I think there’s something really positive about having something you can share with people.
The most positive thing about it is that it really makes you accountable to your own health.
I also think it helps to be aware of the things that you’re saying and what you’re thinking.
You can look up all the things you’re writing about, but you don’t want to take it too seriously.
That will help you to be more aware of what’s actually going on.
What advice do you have for people struggling with their own autism?
There are lots of different types of people and it can be hard for people with autism.
It’s not something that can be fixed overnight.
But there are things that people can do that will make a big difference.
If a mother has had an experience that they think is helpful for other parents, then that is very helpful.
I can tell you from my own experience that if I was a parent of an autistic child, I wouldn’t be able do anything about it.
There are things I can do to help other parents.
I would say to mothers, don’t go into a room and expect your child to do anything.
You may need to put them down a little, you might need to do something to make them feel comfortable, or you might want to talk to someone else.
If your child’s saying things like, “Dad, I’m scared to go outside because I don’t know what to do”, it’s not good.
And if they’re acting like they’re going crazy, then they’re probably having an issue.
You have to let them know you’re there.
You’ve got your own parenting style and your own priorities and your mind is on your own and you can let them do that.
How do you deal with social media when you’re on the autism spectrum