Category: Autism

Stained

Most of the time I am pretty even-tempered. But every once in a while, I blow my stack. And when I do, it ain’t pretty. Friday night was one of those times. I was exhausted after a very long and thankless work week. I just wanted to come home after my cousin’s surprise party and collapse to sleep. But my…

Ready

Last week I received a Facebook message from an old friend. Her youngest son had been diagnosed with autism, and our mutual friends suggested she contact me for guidance and support. That happens a lot. And I’m happy to respond and help when I can. After we set details and coffee, I accepted her friend request and went to her…

McJoyful

Yesterday was a good day. A very good day. I had the opportunity to spend it with my bestie and his posse while he ran sound for a benefit concert. Anytime I get to be outdoors, surrounded by great people and music and tons of laughter, I am one happy gal. So when I received the text message from my…

Divergent

I have always been different. But it’s just the past 4 or 5 years that I have really, truly enjoyed and reveled in it. I kind of march to the beat of my own hippie-diva conga drum. For example, this would be me on the far right: I wear unique stuff. I have big hair. I prefer Indian or Greek…

Thirteen

The year was 2003. My daughter had just turned 1, and I was in the midst of trying to save an exhausting and abusive marriage. I’d been feeling excessively drained and cranky, so I scheduled an appointment with my OBGYN to discuss post-partum depression. While I was there, they did a routine pregnancy test. Positive. I felt as though I’d…

Untouched

My 12 year old son just surpassed a decade of living and thriving with an autism diagnosis. A freaking decade. I sort of feel like balloons and confetti should be falling from the ceiling. As I reminisce over the past 10 years, the autism has bestowed upon Zion a laundry list of obsessions. Most of which are related to TV or…

Connection

Thursday morning at 5:31 a.m., I received a text that woke me up. It was from one of my best friends. She informed me that Chris Cornell had died. I sat up in bed and stared at that message for a good 5 minutes before it registered. And then I just flopped myself back into my pile of pillows and…