Thursday, August 11, 2016
Enter stage left, the book, Carly's Voice Breaking through Autism. Carly's dad, Arthur, gives you insight into the uncertainties of what the diagnosis of autism would mean for their precious girl while raising ''typical'' siblings, and at the same time coping with his wife's cancer diagnosis. Quite frankly, special needs parents are superheroes, period. That's obvious from his side of the story. The last chapter is Carly's side of the story. You're the coolest Carly! I got drawn into Carly's chapter because of her quick wit and hilarious slant on life. By the way, how did you know, that I chose to do a combination of options 1 and 3 to get to the most awesome chapter? It's that photographic memory of yours, isn't it? You really rock it, girl! In the same breath, tears flowed when I read how she remembers the day she knew she was different, yet yearning for the connection and normalcy of being just like her siblings. One of the things she reminds you of in this chapter is, it's not that Carly never had a voice, she just needed a way to get it out. And get it out she does! She and her therapists, Barb and Howie worked tirelessly to find a way to let her voice be heard...Welcome to the wonderful world of typing, which allowed Carly's family to meet her and Carly to meet herself and discover her mission to show others with autism that they have an inner voice! Once she knew herself and realized that she had valuable and relatable things to say.....her inner voice burst out and she blossomed! In Carly's case, a quote from Hellen Keller says it best... "When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us". The Fleischmann family has certainly had their fair share of sadness, but in the end, because of sharing their story, their door of happiness opened, when they saw that, they kicked it open and used it to help others in a most eye opening, inspiring way! Thank you all for sharing your story!
Michelle Fischer is host of A View from My Window, a podcast produced, by The Arc of Indiana