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Traditions

Posted by theothersideofnormal on December 17, 2014 in autism, coping skills |

    As Tony and I sat down to do our holiday card this year, I realized just how much traditions mean to him.  I let him do the card on his own last year (hense, the blurry picture), so I thought I’d at least check his work this year.  He carefully chose a picture of […]

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I will try to “fix” you…

Posted by theothersideofnormal on September 13, 2011 in autism, coping skills |

Frustration.  Joy.  Guilt.  Pride.  Sorrow.  Celebration.  Anger… The rollercoaster of emotions we go through every day…  I’m exhausted writing this, yet inspired to share it with you.  I will not stop fighting, as this is a promise I made to my son — that I will do everything in my power to try to “fix” you.    Today I […]

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A Standing Ovation

Posted by theothersideofnormal on July 1, 2011 in autism, coping skills, family |

A few years ago at my company’s convention, they brought a family on stage in front of over 8,000 people and awarded them the “Spirit Award”.   This award goes to leaders who have overcome heavy obstacles and adversities in their lives and lead with integrity and ‘spirit’ to help others.  This family had a teenage son with […]

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Beware of MASK syndrome

Posted by theothersideofnormal on May 25, 2011 in autism, coping skills |

I know I have a lot of other mom’s raising kids with autism reading this blog.  This one’s for you.  I found this article on a facebook page, and it really struck me — especially the ‘hyper-vigilance’ part.  As I post this, I’m still working up the nerve to share with everyone what’s been going […]

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St. Patty’s Day just won’t be the same

Posted by theothersideofnormal on March 15, 2011 in autism, family |

We lost Tony’s Grandma Pat on Feb. 28th to what we believe was literally a broken heart.  As you recall, Grandpa Gene died last September and we were so proud of how Tony handled the funeral and his death.  Just five short months later, Grandpa Gene’s wife of 55 years joined him in heaven.  Grandma […]

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Tony’s Prayer

Posted by theothersideofnormal on October 26, 2010 in autism, coping skills, family |

I found an old bookmark that my oldest son, Michael, made in grade school years ago for Grandparent’s Day.  It’s now next to Tony’s bed and he reads it nightly: “There’s a Special Place In Heaven for Grandparents Few can bring the warmth we can find in their embrace, And little more is needed to […]

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Grandpa Gene

Posted by theothersideofnormal on October 11, 2010 in autism, coping skills, family |

I’ve often wondered how Tony would take a death in the family.  My father-in-law passed away on September 21st.  We had watched him suffer for years and we were all prepared… or so we thought.  He had been getting progressively worse.  We talked about what we’d do with Tony in this situation.  We wanted desperately […]

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A couple of rough weeks…

Posted by theothersideofnormal on April 28, 2010 in autism, coping skills |

We’ve had some rough weeks around here… major meltdowns, running outside screaming, swearing, slaming doors, breaking things… none of us know how to help him. It’s so frustrating and so mentally exhausting. He seems like he wants to climb out of his skin. He can’t tell us how he feels… so we have to play […]

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Happy Birthday, Tony!

Posted by theothersideofnormal on March 17, 2010 in autism, family |

                                      Don Pablos chips and salsa (check)                    gluten free pizza  (check)                    gluten free cake  (check)           presents  (check)          big brother home from college  (check)          country music in the background (check)          Beau wearing green color today (check)          decorations (check)          dinner together (check) A simple 17th birthday wish…  just all his favorites […]

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Talk about an epidemic…

Posted by theothersideofnormal on March 16, 2010 in autism |

1 in 91 Children 1 in 58 Boys 1 Child Every 20 Minutes                     Is Diagnosed With Autism.  ** stats from the TACA website (Talk About Curing Autism) Becki

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