Category Archives: Autism

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?

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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 […]

Hairless legs, oral surgeons and the joys of Armpit Night.

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Being the mom of teen and  ‘tween girls, even without the autism factor thrown in there, can be enough to make a grown woman cry trying.  There are days, like today, where all of life’s little stresses all pig-pile on top of each other and you have two choices.  You can either laugh, or you […]

Light it up whatever color you want. I won’t be joining you.

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April 2nd is the beginning of Autism Awareness Month.  Yaaaaay…awareness, right?  No.  I’m very aware of autism and all of the heartbreaking crap that goes along with it.  I don’t need awareness.  No one in my daughter’s family or circle needs awareness.  We taught that class, road that train, got the t-shirt, thank-you-very-much.  I don’t […]

I found myself in a hairy situation.

Miss Thang getting her cookie making on.

Ask any parent of an autistic child about getting their kid’s hair cut and be ready for some epic eye-rolling, chest-clutching and possibly some weeping.  I’m sure that out there somewhere in the world, there’s an autistic kid who doesn’t mind getting their lid done, but I’ll be damned if I’ve ever met one. I […]

The one where the mail kind of breaks my heart for a minute.

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Hallee’s been diagnosed with autism since she was very small.  Before she was two she was receiving OT, PT, speech…you name it.  I was very lucky to have an RN mother who saw some very early red flags and convinced me to get her evaluated.  So here we are, with Hallee approaching 18.  Autism is […]

I’m officially over winter.

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Remember when snow was fun?  Yeah, me either.  When it’s -10 and howling winds, it’s not like I can send the kids outside to play and it’s.  getting.  old. I lived “away” for lots of years.  I lived where it was hot and snow was something that people sprayed on their windows out of a […]

My autistic kid won’t be the reason yours ends up with measles

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Let me preface this by saying that I am fairly liberal.  I am pro-choice.  I voted for Obama.  I am a firm supporter of same-sex marriages.  I believe that everyone should have access to affordable health care.  But what I don’t and won’t accept is the anti-vaccination movement. I have been a parent of an autistic […]