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‘She’s a Gift’: Rosie O’Donnell opens up about her daughter with autism in a touching essay

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Rosie O’Donnell said: “She teaches me. Being able to see the world the way it does has been a wonderfully magical experience for me. I’m so glad we met’

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Rosie O’Donnell opened her heart in a moving essay about her autistic daughter Dakota. The mother, who began her career as a television host, expressed her feelings for Dakota by writing an essay in the latest issue of People magazine. “What worries me the most is how she would be if I’m gone,” O’Donnell said.

She also wrote: “I was worried about how she would make it in this world. I was concerned about my longevity because when you talk to parents of children with autism, their main concern is what happens when they die. who will love her child and understand it as you do?”


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“To really listen and communicate in a way I never had to with my other kids. I know there are people who are struggling and don’t know how they’re going to get through another day. And I understand. But the feeling of vulnerability that comes with having a child with autism was a gift to me. She teaches me.”

“Growing up without a mother at a young age is tough”

O’Donnell, 60, lost her mother to breast cancer when she was just 10 and shared how much she missed her presence. “Dakota is now 9½. I was terrified when each of my children turned 10 years old. That year I thought, ‘I better not die,'” she said.

“I was 10 years old when my mother died of breast cancer. It’s shocking to lose a mother at a young age. Her mother is the focus. You need them for everything: bra training, going through puberty my own was a scary part of my childhood. you feel very alone I don’t want Dakota ever to feel that.”

O’Donnell ended the essay by explaining how grateful she is to have Dakota in her life: “She teaches me. Being able to see the world the way it does has been a wonderfully magical experience for me. I’m so glad we have each other.”

Rosie O’Donnell is currently working on the Showtime series American Gigolo, in which she plays a hard-bitten detective.

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