Bride Shared Touching Photo of Her Autistic Dad Wiping Away a Tear During Father-Daughter Dance
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. A beautiful bride shared a heart-warming photo of her autistic father taken during a Father-Daughter dance.
Hayley Elliot, who recently got married, took to Facebook to share her intimate moments with her father, Martin, during the dance. She knew that her father was special, and the scene made it more special than ever.
The black-and-white photo shows Elliot in her wedding dress and her father looking dapper in a coat and tie. Martin can be seen being emotional while dancing with her daughter.
AN UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT
Elliot said that her father was not good at showing his emotional side, as reported by Unilad. That unforgettable scene will have a special place in her heart.
Her wedding photographer captured the moment. Overwhelmed by emotion, Martin was wiping away tears of joy. She said:
"Seeing my dad cry at my wedding was a huge shock to me, I've only ever seen him cry once and that was when our first dog Tiffany was put to sleep."
DIAGNOSIS AND MISDIAGNOSIS
Martin was diagnosed with autism five years ago. Prior to the diagnosis, he was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia.
Elliot did not expect a surge of well wishes and thoughtful comments after she posted the photo on her Facebook account. Her father was worried people would say negative comments about him being autistic.
The photograph of Elliot and her father shows their deep love and respect for each other.
Martin was afraid to be called any derogatory names. This worry breaks Elliot's heart as she knew her father is a deeply caring person with a generous heart. She said:
"Everyone was so wonderful and their comments were so kind! My dad is more worried about what people think of him as he doesn't like people knowing he's autistic."
As a father and provider, Martin has made many sacrifices for his family. The photograph of Elliot and her father shows their deep love and respect for each other.
Elliot's father is just one of the thousands who have been diagnosed with autism. Another man in Ireland was diagnosed with autism at 32, as reported by the BBC.
Jude Morrow was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a type of autism spectrum disorder. He met challenges along the way, especially when his son, Ethan, was born.
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