Category Archives: Autism

Summer vacation, take 2.

Ok, so they haven't exactly been breaking rocks or digging ditches this summer, but I'd still like more family outing memories.

OK, here’s the thing.  Summer vacation?  Haven’t had one yet.  With the whole Hallee going viral thing, we seriously haven’t been able to do a darned thing with the exception of a few hours on the lake for the 4th of July.  Beach?  No.  Vacation away from town?  No.  Grandparents in NJ?  No.  It’s been very […]

Living viral.


I think that at this point, just about everyone else in the world has written about Hallee but me.  The last few weeks have consisted of  solely trying to keep our heads above water and staying ahead of the next wave of cards..we’re purely in survival mode over here.  I’ll tell you what’s been happening, in […]

An open letter to the cashier who needed to mind his own business.

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Dear Walmart Cashier, Last week during school vacation, my daughters, 13 and 18 and I were at your store for some groceries.  It was a very crowded, busy day there and we had to wait quite a while for our turn to check out.  When we got to you, you and I made the typical […]

Some of the nicest people that I’ve never met.

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Think about your friends for a minute.  Your true friends..the ones who you can be completely real with.  What would you say about them?  That they’re kind?  Maybe they make you laugh, are loyal, are always there when you need them?  What about that you’ve never met them in person?  Would that matter?  Should it? […]

Words of wisdom.

Her little sister made her a get well card.

My oldest daughter Hallee had her wisdom teeth out on Thursday.  She was due to have them out back in June, but because she’s autistic, her oral surgeon decided that taking them out under general anesthesia at St. Joe’s here in Bangor would be the safer and less stressful option for her.  There was quite a […]

To my forever child on the eve of her 18th birthday.

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18 years ago tonight, I was almost a week overdue.  She was due on June 28, but that day came and went with no signs of her wanting to make an outside appearance.  At my weekly appointment a few days earlier, my OBGYN said it rather plainly.  “The holiday weekend is coming up and I’m […]

Will we be able to stay in Maine?


A few days ago, Dawn Gagnon wrote an article for the Bangor Daily News about a family with a 19 year old autistic son named Michael.  Michael, like my daughter Hallee, is autistic.  Michael’s parents are moving out of Maine in order to provide their son with the support and opportunities he needs that aren’t available […]

I had my child served with legal documents.

This is what it looks like to have your heart walking around outside of your body...this girl right here.

Did she break the law?  Join a biker gang and shoot up a parking lot down in Texas?  Leave wet towels on the floor too many times?  Nope, nothing like that.  She’s just turning 18 next month.  When you have a child with severe special needs and said kiddo turns 18 and becomes a legal adult in […]