Comedian and writer Sheletta Brundidge’s autistic son, Brandon, 7, was terrified after seeing the news about what is happening in the world due to the coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19.
“My son Brandon has crippling anxiety because of his autism diagnosis,” she told Fox News. “We watch the news every day and he was watching it and was taking in all the fear and panic…it just made him so scared.”
Brandon’s sister, Cameron, 6, who is also autistic, noticed him begin to tense up from the anxiety. Before he was able to panic, Cameron grabbed his hand, looked him in the eyes and told him to repeat 2 Timothy 1:7 after her, “But God did not give me a spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind.”
A proud mom, Brundidge commended her daughter, “While the world is stocking up on toilet paper and mayonnaise, jars of pickles and bottled water, she realized—at 6-years-old—that it was only his faith that was going to get him through this.”
She continued, “Just from the mouth of a child to another child, it transformed the way I looked at it. We don’t have to be afraid of this. There’s been worse. We just have to rely on our faith, take the precautions we need to take and continue to live our lives.”
Cameron’s favorite verse is Nehemiah 8:10, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Brundidge says that why “we choose to laugh. We choose to be happy, and laughter and joy has gotten us through a lot of dark days before, so we spread that.”