By Shannon Penrod
A year ago, while Biomed Mom Joanne Allor and I were at the Fall Autism
Research Institute (DAN) Conference in Long Beach CA, I attended a talk about
Autism and the Immune system. At the end of the session
the speaker urged all of the parents in the room to get screened regularly for
cancer. In particular for breast, colon and prostate cancers. For whatever
reason they were seeing a trend in their practice of parents being diagnosed
with these three cancers. It sent a shiver up everyone’s spine. Like it isn’t
enough to have a child on the spectrum – we need to worry about cancer too??
The reality is that cancer touches all of us. Having a child on the spectrum
doesn’t exempt you. This was made painfully obvious to Joanne when she lost a
second sister to cancer this summer. That’s when her son’s doctor recommended
she read “Anticancer – A New Way of Life” by David Servan-Schreiber. On this
week’s Everyday Autism Miracles Joanne is going to join us to talk about this
important book and how is has changed how she looks at things. She’ll tell us
why it is so important that we know this information and make changes in our
children’s lives to ensure they live longer and happier.
Of course we are also going to take a few minutes to celebrate the fact that
California has become the 28th state to pass Autism Insurance Reform. They said
it couldn’t happen – but somehow it did! Join us at 7pm EST and 4pm PST to hear
all the news. Better yet, join the conversation at 877.864.4869.
by Shannon Penrod
Everyday Autism Miracles is moving to Mondays at 7pm EST starting on Monday Feb 7th on Toginet Radio! Recorded podcasts of the live show will still be available for free, both on the showpage and on iTunes. The Monday February 7th show will be the fifth in a six part series titled, “My Child Was Just Diagnosed with Autism; What do I do Now?” Previous episodes have featured the topics Diagnosis, Dietary Interventions, BioMedical Interventions and ABA Therapy. This weeks show will center on other forms of therapy like HBOT, AIT, Horse Therapy, Sensory Integration, OT etc… On Feb 14th, the final show in the series will focus on funding Autism. It’s great to talk about the therapies and interventions that can help with Autism but if you can’t afford them what’s the point? We are going to talk about all of the ways to fund your journey through Autism. You won’t want to miss it!
You might be asking yourself why we are moving time slots? Ahhhhh, well there is a BIG announcement that will explain all of that. Tune in to Monday’s show to hear the big news!
I love talking to Moms who have been where I am and survived. I especially love it if they are still happily married. I’ve heard the statistics and so has my husband. When we got married some one told us that half of all marriages end in divorce. Nice odds! A 50/50 chance of keeping it together. Then when our son was diagnosed with Autism some other well-meaning soul told us some silly number like 76% of all marriages with a special needs child end in divorce. Nice! Who thinks to actually quote these dismal numbers. Then a couple of years ago we heard that 87% of all marriages with a child diagnosed with Autism end in divorce. I am sure that it is wrong, and we are probably going to hell, but when we heard that we started laughing hysterically. Come on at that point it’s time to either laugh or cry and laughing is every so much more fun. Seriously, why don’t they just tell all of us to give up! It’s hard that’s for sure. Marriage is one of toughest jobs I’ve ever loved, kind of like motherhood. And while I can’t compare my marriage to a marriage without a special needs child – I’ve never been in a marriage without a special needs child – I certainly see where there is plenty of room for added stress. So my question has always been, “Where’s the tool box? How can my husband and I keep our marriage strong despite these statistics?” And I have been looking ever since for a couple who has “been there and done that!”
That is why this week I am thrilled to have Moira Giametteo on Everyday Autism Miracles. She is a mom of two boys, one of whom is on the spectrum. She is heavily involved in TACA and even heads her local chapter, she is a biomed mom mentor and she is happily married to her husband Michael. Together they have begun doing workshops about surviving Autism as a couple.
I can’t wait to hear what she has to say! I hope you will tune in to hear her story, to hear about all of the resources available at TACA and to hear some great advice about keeping a marriage strong through this journey.
This week we are also going to have another Biomed Mom Question – have you read Joanne’s blog on keeping the flu away? Boy do I wish I had read it two months ago! And we are going to be talking about GFCF recipes and a possible contest coming up! Don’t miss it!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. To the parent of a child with Autism nothing could be truer. Our son was a beautiful, happy baby. Something happened and a light went out of his eyes. I see it clearly in pictures now. The good news is that we got help. We put our son on a strict GFCF diet and we saw improvement, we started working with CARD and doing ABA therapy and he got better. When we hit a wall we would tweak his diet and dabble in Biomedical intervention. The light came back. It is clear in the pictures. There is hope. This is our story in pictures.