Posted by: MetroCare | April 20, 2015

Autism Awareness Month – MetroCare Shines the Light for Tristan Bush

April is Autism Awareness Month.

I could give you a lengthy, clinical description to define the term ”Autism”.  I could provide you with the many opinions on what causes Autism and how it should be “treated.”

I would, however, prefer to give you a name and a face to associate with Autism.

That name is Tristan Layne Bush.  He was born June 30, 1998 at 1:14 pm.

This face (the most beautiful face in the world) is that of my son:

MetroCare is shining the light on Autism in April for Autism Awareness month.

MetroCare is shining the light on Tristan in April for Autism Awareness month.

Tristan had all of the typical “signs” of Autism at a very early age.  He would spin in circles for what seemed like hours.  He would toe-walk (walk on his tippy toes).  He would repeat dialogue from cartoons over and over and over again.  He would play with toys and objects in ways that they were not intended (example:  line up VCR tapes in patterns, almost like crop-circles).    He would put puzzles together with the picture facing down (focused on the shape of the pieces rather than the picture being created).

Fast Forward to 2015:

Tristan is a sophomore at Arlington Heights High School.  He is not only “main-streamed” (which is a big deal for “special needs” kids) but he is taking a college level course also.

I asked Tristan what having Autism meant to him.  He said (and I quote), “It means that I am smarter than most people.  It means that I am socially awkward.  It means that I get really attached to things.”

Those things are all true but more than that… Tristan is funny, sincere, honest, loyal, loving, and only sees good in people.

Wouldn’t the world be so much nicer if we all had a little “Autism”?

Maybe Autism ain’t too bad after all.

Article by Teresa Vega – Billing and Intake Manager at MetroCare Home Medical, but most importantly – Tristan’s Mom



  1. Tristan you truly are one of a kind …. thatnk you tons for being a part of all of us !!! You are truly blessed to have an awesome mother as she is truly blessed to have an awesome son. You will always suceed and as promised by him above you will have a great future …⭐ you are truly a star … as teresa said “maybe the world would be a better place with a little autism”
    Keeping lighting the world with your smile💙

  2. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting this young man. He is every bit of his mother’s discription (and his :)). He is smarter than the average “Joe”, articulate and sincerely sweet! It is an honor to know you sir! I so look forward to your Christmas speech every year!! ❤

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