Amy Schumer gets candid about her husband’s autism diagnosis with an emotional tribute

Comedian Amy Schumer has used her platform to talk about her husband’s autism diagnosis

Amy Schumer
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Comedian Amy Schumer has celebrated her son ‘Geenie Panini’s’ birthday and opened up about her husband’s diagnosis with autism. 

Amy Schumer has been married to her husband Chris Fischer since 2018 and the two share a two year old son named Gene. In a post celebrating her son’s birthday, Amy opened up about her husband’s diagnosis with autism and what that has meant for their family. 

The star shared two personal images on Instagram. The first showed Amy and her husband during her c-section that brought their son into the world. The second image was a photo of her husband Chris cradling their son as a new born as they both looked at one another.

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In the caption Amy wrote that she was feeling emotional about her husband on her son's birthday. She said, “Today is our son’s birthday and I woke up emotional as hell thinking about my husband, Chris. In this first photo while I was having a 3 hour c section he held my hand and stared in my eyes so I never felt alone.”

She went on to say how supported and lucky she feels to have Chris as a husband. “I feel loved and supported always. He takes care of our family and is a husband and father beyond my wildest dreams,” she said.

Amy then spoke about his autism diagnosis, she said, “also he has autism spectrum disorder. Being tested and diagnosed has helped us communicate and support each other better.” Amy went on to talk about her documentary Expecting Amy and how that has helped other people get tested. She said, "people have reached out to us saying that seeing our doc #expectingamy motivated them to get tested and that it has changed their lives. We want to encourage parents and people to give themselves the gift of information so people can function to the best of their abilities and remove any stigma that comes with autism.”

Amy then revealed that her son Gene is also likely to have autism, like his father. She said, “Statistically our son most likely will be diagnosed as well and if he’s anything like his father that is wonderful news. So on our babies birthday where he held my hand tight and held me with his eyes I want to say I love you thank you and happy birthday little geenie panini we love you as much as you love school busses.”

Amy’s celebrity friends flocked to support the star for opening up about this topic. Actress and comedic writer, Mindy Kaling, said, “You are a gem and I love your family.” Model Emily Ratajkowski said, “Happy birthday, Love to all three of you.” 

Singer Demi Lovato also commented with her support and happy birthday wishes for Gene. She said, “This is beautiful, love you Amy, happy birthday little dude!”

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