I founded Puzzle Peace Now in 2009 as a non-profit to support South Florida families who, like ours, are trying to raise our special kids without sweating to death.
My husband and I are parenting a fourteen-year-old son who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at age three. We also have been blessed with a neurotypical boy who is now eleven, and can typically drive us up a wall. Calgon take me away!
Where do I stand at this point in our journey? I certainly have not made “peace” with autism; we will have to agree to disagree. I do know that I will no longer allow the disorder to make this mom feel angry, sad, blameful, or ashamed. Life is just Too. Damned. Short.
Read Puzzle Peace Now’s blog, for it offers a “peace” of my own mind about many things autism. It’s helped me realize how incredible my kiddos are, and that I may be doing some things right. If you prefer, consider my tales examples of what NOT to do. You won’t hurt my feelings!
In between working hard raising money for local families affected by developmental disorders and raising two wild boys, I am sllooooowwwwly thinking about writing our story. I’m picturing Dante’s Inferno, screenplay by Mel Brooks. I swear autism truth is stranger than any fiction, and pray I stay sane long enough to put pen to paper.
Have something to tell me? Never be afraid to reach out. I’ll either be on a beach, golf course, or at bar. Can you watch my kids?
Peace and love always,