Author: Chuck Kern, TACA Grandfather When my son announced that he was naming his second son, Charlie, after me, I was very humbled and overwhelmed with pride. “Charles” has been an important name in our family tree. But many months later, my emotions turned to deep anxiety and fear when I realized that Charlie did […]
By Lea Googe – TACA Co-coordinator Texas We often look back and wonder just how Oliver got so sick. We have our suspicions. And we have our regrets. Our family has a combined medical history filled with autoimmune issues like diabetes, ALS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Rheumatic Fever, Rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma, ADD, depression and […]
By Melanie Sanchez – TACA Mom My son Andrew is 15 1/2 years old. He is non verbal, has autism, and a lovely contagious smile. He had a brief “sleep deprived” EEG done right after diagnosis when he was around 3 years old. It lasted less than an hour and hardly seemed worth the time and effort. At the […]
By Jacqueline Garza Hi I am a TACA mom and I have an amazing, incredible 9 year old superhero son named Mason. Mason began receiving early intervention at 17 months and was formally diagnosed with autism at 2.5 years old. In April 2014, Mason participated in Volcom Autism Awareness Day brought to us through TACA […]
By Jennifer Baker – TACA Mom Reeve* was born via c-section at 38 weeks with an APGAR score of 9. Reeve was a relatively healthy infant who ate and slept well and met his developmental milestones until approximately six months of age, when his development hit a plateau. Reeve didn’t respond to his name and […]
By Melody Benbow – TACA Co-coordinator New Jersey We knew one day Cal would ask this question, however, in my head I always thought I would be so much more prepared with an answer. Instead, I stumbled through my words and gave an answer I was not satisfied […]
By Gabriella True – TACA Co-Coordinator Connecticut I have twin boys who will be 11 years old this summer and one of them has autism. Although Timmy was diagnosed with autism just prior to his third birthday, he’s been in therapy since the second day of his life. His twin brother, Xander, and the rest […]
By Jackie Moore – TACA Georgia Every autism journey is different. This is our family’s journey with autism. Thirteen years ago, I gave birth to my daughter, Jordyn. At that time, I knew very little about autism. If you would have asked me what I knew, I think my response would have been […]
By Paulette– TACA Mom We have 2 children, both diagnosed with autism. Our daughter, Sophie, is 6 and our son, Charlie, is 4-1/2 years. Sophie was born prematurely and with many complications after birth and in her first few months. She was severely anemic at birth due to a fetomaternal hemorrhage, suffered […]
By Lisa Ackerman Recovery happens (1.) As promised I will keep sharing those stories! Meet wonderful Christian. Any parent would be proud of this great graduate. But watch and you will see that there is so much more to his story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulH-Jo0b_7U Not only has he overcome and recovered from autism, but his description on […]
For years this quote has resonated in my mind. How do you overcome the thought of impossibility when all the odds are against you? Meet Anakin. Anakin is a seven year old boy who has Autism. His entire life has been a shroud of impossibility.
I enjoy being around my son. He is a true joy in my life whereas once upon a time, I felt like so many of you, “Why me? What now? HELP!” It does get better. Your child can get better. Do not give up on the diet, it DOES work!
He is mainstreamed for about half his day at school and we look forward to his continued growth over the next several years. There is no doubt in our minds that he will graduate high school and go on to college pursuing his interests in computers and electronics.
Before the diagnosis, we “knew” it was going to come. He was already enrolled in a school IEP program since February of that year. By May, we really started to suspect autism and already started to research everything we could while seeking an official diagnosis.
I honestly knew little about how to approach her circumstances. All those countless hours spent worrying about a diagnosis without one thought given to treatment. But, I instinctively knew I COULD treat it and that she WOULD recover.
The first week after the diagnosis, I grieved. I cried, I screamed. I questioned my faith and I prepared myself mentally for a worst case scenario. I felt as if I had lost my son. My husband spent hours researching treatments and therapies and then suggested we try a biomedical approach.
We immediately started weaning Gavin off the medication and started the GF/CF/SF diet and basic supplements, consisting of vitamins to help with constipation (one of his worst problems) and to help fight yeast overgrowth.
I hope to inspire and give hope to other parents. There is hope out there in treatments that your doctor may not tell you about or ‘believe’ in. I spoke to my pediatricians about this program, but they brushed it off as ‘hogwash.”
I stopped my Thanksgiving prep and played the message again. And yes, I burst into tears. I think I cried just as hard as I did that awful day in April 2000. To be honest, I may have cried a little harder.
I would love to be writing my daughter’s recovery story, with autism as an interlude instead of a fact of her daily life. Ten years in, Leah still has autism. The victories I occasionally feel like celebrating belong to our family.