Tag Archives: Autism

Living viral.

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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 […]

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?

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Happy birthday to you, 15 years later.

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So after almost 15 years, Hallee wants a birthday party.  See, the last time she enjoyed a birthday party, hers or anyone else’s for that matter, she was 2.  1999, to be exact.   So Prince was right!  The last time we partied like it was 1999, it was, well…1999.  That’s when things really started changing […]

Never count kids like mine out…they’ll surprise you every time.

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It’s been a slow week here at the ranch.  Even though I felt so much better almost immediately after the kidney stone (Stonepoclalypse?  Stonegate?) incident last weekend, I hadn’t counted on it taking quite so much out of me.  I’ve been taking it easy..lots of naps, cuddling up on the couch with the kids or […]