January 2020

  • The End of ‘Wait and See’

    “A diagnosis is not a prognosis,” a wise doctor once said to me, as I was deep in a panic about what Flynn’s life would be like. Over time, it… Read More

  • What is a Brother?

    Brothers. Two years apart. Almost to the day. One loves Legos and Mindcraft and hockey. The other one loves being tickled, old train magazines, and game shows. One never stops… Read More

  • Misunderstood in Public

    Hi. My name is Carrie. I have five kids, and my second son has autism. His name is Jack. He is fifteen. Every so often I come across an article… Read More

  • Dear Autism, Happy 3rd Birthday

    Dear Autism, Happy third birthday.  While it may have taken you 9-12 months to come around, when you finally reared your head, you made your point.  You have brought us… Read More

  • What I Don’t Say

    Autism is complex with many different angles and moving parts…as are those on the spectrum.  All uniquely beautiful in their own way.  My husband and I had a tough conversation… Read More

  • Finding Your Way Back to God After a Diagnosis

    I just came from church. I went alone today. I could have brought my two younger children but honestly, I needed 60 minutes to myself to sit and think. I… Read More

  • The Spiral Staircase

    Questions filled my mind and I was unable to hear what the doctor was saying. I was sitting in her office listening to all she had to say about my… Read More

  • To The Mom…

    To the mom with bags under her eyes from getting up hours before school to take her son to his appointments To the mom sitting by her baby girl in… Read More

  • Getting Diagnosed with Autism as an Adult

    For my entire life, I’ve watched the world through a porthole. Disconnected, alone.  Before my son Charlie was even two, he was diagnosed with autism. At that moment, I entered… Read More

  • When People See Our Autism

    Yesterday, I had the rare opportunity to watch my son interact with the world outside of our home and therapy. But even more interestingly, I was able to watch the… Read More

  • Life Has a Way of Changing

    You want to know what’s amazing about life? And my kid? And hard work? And goals? And hope? This. This right here. A simple trip to the grocery store. Something… Read More

  • At Least He Doesn’t…

    “At least he doesn’t…” When you “at least” me as a complex parent. I feel minimized. I feel shut up. I feel shut down. I feel unheard. I feel compared.… Read More

  • Hope, Grief, and Grace

    My son Jack was diagnosed with autism when he was eighteen months old. It was a cold, gray afternoon in November. He was wearing a blue jacket. He’s fifteen now.… Read More

  • The Right and Wrong Reasons to Advocate

    I have a message to send loud and clear. A true, honest advocate fights for the child, adolescent or adult whom they are representing. They will position themselves to partner… Read More

  • Invisible Disabilities: What You Can’t See in This Perfect Family Photo

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what exactly are those words? What’s the worth of something that’s carefully curated, filtered, and posed? I’ll tell you. I’m… Read More

  • The Little Brother with the Old Soul

    Today is Sawyer’s seventh birthday. Which is a really big deal. But honestly, what he said to me this afternoon makes it even more special. We had arrived at Cooper’s… Read More

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