My foray into reading josei manga, or manga aimed at adult women, begins with the drama “With the Light”, by Keiko Tobe. It is a series of thick tomes that follow Sachiko Azuma as she rears her autistic son, Hikaru. They face many challenges, and the first volume alone is quite a ride through the rocky road of pre-diagnosis catastrophes, misdiagnoses, and Sachiko’s struggle to find a place Hikaru belongs within her community.
I recently read this article featured on Medium. It raised complicated and distressing emotions within myself. This may be a strange response to a piece where the author has tried to paint people like myself in a positive light, but I believe these are valid feelings and I wanted to explore them. Here are my thoughts on broken families and their survivors.