Category: Autism

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…

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…

Removed

It was summer 2009. I remember so little anymore, but I remember that summer so well. I was freshly divorced and trying hard to put my life back together. To add insult to injury, I was trying to learn how to manage raising two kids, one of whom has autism, on my own. So I attended Zion’s IEP meeting with…

Baller

Recently I signed my 14-year old daughter up for AAU basketball. Not familiar with AAU? AAU is a travel league that plays April through August. Anyone who signs up for this league knows that for 4 months of the year, it is your life. The tournaments. The driving. The practices. The driving. The excitement and the competition and the great…

Stuffed

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt   It is very hard for…