Monday, August 15, 2011

How one mom -- with three autistic daughters -- finds hope and happiness

How one mom -- with three autistic daughters -- finds hope and happiness

3 comments:

joeysmama24 said...

I am in the process of reading All I can Handle. I am a 24 year old mother and wife, with a few days shy of 2 year old little boy named, Joseph. He was diagnosed ASD 2 weeks ago. I have jumped in full force in true Autism mother fashion. The library of books I've read (I'm on bed rest for a tonsillectomy, great timing right?) includes your book, all of Jenny McCarthy's and anything the local library shelf had with the words developmental delay, speech delay, or Autism. I am on TEAM CUREBIES! Your book has helped me put my own situation into perspective, and to have some coping tools. Thank you for the blog and the book,
Forever your family will be in our Prayers,
Allison

Wendy said...

I wandered by here from Stephen Parrish's blog. I thought you might want to know about this lady (if you don't already). She has autistic triplets.

http://myfivemen.blogspot.com/

A friend of mine's son was just diagnosed with Aspberger's. We're all learning a lot these days!

Natalie Nichols said...

Kim,
I am almost through reading All I Can Handle. I have learned so much about autism and Aspergers. My niece has Aspergers and knowing so much more will help me be a better aunt. (I hope.)

I don't know how to say this, without sounding like it is at the expense of your lovely family. (I hope I can express this in a way that makes you know how deeply affected I am by your story.)

I know everyone has their share of hardship in this world. My husband is disabled and has been unable to work for over 10 years. There are ongoing medical bills involved as well. But he is a wonderful father. We have 4 children who are growing up and leaving the nest. For the last 9 years we have had one, two or three kids in college. My only daughter and 2 of my sons are engaged and getting married. With the economic downturn it has been a real challenge to manage the costs. (That's a nice way of saying I have been a nervous wreck for almost a decade, trying to meet these costs.)

Your story absolutely stopped me cold. I said an extra prayer of thanks that my kids were able to go to college, and ultimately head out on their own. For the first time in a while, I let the worry and stress go, and just let myself feel grateful.

I admire the advocate that you are for your children. You have given my lots to think about. I intend to do a great deal of research on vaccines, before I have grandchildren.

Thanks for sharing your story.