Reality star Jenni "JWoww" Farley couldn't be happier and prouder of the progress her 3-year-old son Greyson has made since he was diagnosed with autism.
In a discussion with ET, the Jersey Shore star opened up about how Greyson has progressed remarkably and has “come so far with all his therapies" since the shocking diagnosis. With that being said, the journey hasn’t been easy on her family.
“It’s like, a four-part diagnosing at the hospital, and at that point, I was okay with it," JWoww explained. “I just wanted to get to where I am today, where he went from non-verbal, not even knowing his name, to today, where he’s attempting full sentences.”
She recalled how she dealt with Greyson's doctor’s appointments while filming for Jersey Shore Family Vacation’s third season. She often had to rush to the appointments to be at her son's side. Her close friend and co-star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi chimed in, "You had to leave at like, 3 a.m."
Jenny is elated to see her son’s progress and she wants to use her experience to spread awareness with the hope to “break the stigma” surrounding autism, she said. There’s a “big population of kids being diagnosed” with this condition, but most families either try to ignore it or try to hush it up.
She added, "I just want to make the world a little less harsh and more sweet, so when he goes to school there will be less critics and more people that want to help and understand what it's like to have autism. So, that's my goal."
Jenni also spoke how the co-stars of Jersey Shore stood beside her during her son's diagnosis. "When it comes to diet or anything like that, I always turn to Vinny. When it comes to alcohol, I turn to Nicole," she joked.
In November, three months after revealing that her son wasn’t “speaking” yet, she first spoke about Greyson’s autism and how he was attending “therapy three times a week.”
In March, she opened up about being a part of the board of KultureCity, a non-profit organization devoted to building inclusion for people with autism. Farley told PEOPLE how the organization has helped her family to cope with the diagnosis; it has not only helped her son, but has become an integral part of their system.
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When you were first born, you needed to stay in the hospital a few extra days... I got to stay with you and spend Mother’s Day by your side. The perfect son from day one, so delicate and sweet. I cant even picture life before you because you and your sister complete me. You slept on my chest until you were a year old because it was the only way I could calm your chronic cough... yet, I needed that more than you needed me because hearing your breath every night calmed me. now I wake up with your arm across my face or your butt on my head. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Today you turn 3. This past year flew by so fast. I had you start early intervention 2 days after your second birthday. You didn’t know your name, you didn’t know how to say mommy... as you turn three, you know countless words, call me mommy 10394 times a day and your smile has grown 10x. To my perfect son, happy birthday... I’ll continue to hold you every night until my last breath.
The star said, “When it comes to educating myself so I feel less alone, they help me in that aspect. Every time I’m feeling down or alone, I hit up KultureCity and I’m like, ‘What can we do to make someone’s life better?’” Jenni also has a 5-year-old daughter Meilani with her ex, Roger Mathews.