No two autistic children heal in exactly the same way. And in her new book, Jenny expands her message to share recovery stories from parents across the country, showing how each parent fought to find her own child's perfect "remedy of interventions." Along the way, Jenny shares her own journey as an autism advocate and mother, as well as the continuing progress of her son, Evan. Emotional and genuinely practical, Mother Warriors will inspire a generation of parents with hope.
©2008 Jenny McCarthy; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio
Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.
I am an autism mom and I happen to like Jenny McCarthy. I think the work she has done to raise awareness of biomedical interventions for autism is huge. I think this even though biomedical has done little for my son, but I do know others who have been helped by it. I knew Mother Warriors profiled various moms of recovered kids. I did not realize that was the second half of the book and that in the first half Jenny continues with her own story, going through her media tours for her books and the reactions she got from various people in the media. It was interesting but I was impatient to read about the moms.
There were some interesting profiles. There was one from a mom whose son is 30 now and it was very interesting to read about what they tried back then - very interesting to know that one thing that was suggested to her even back then was the GFCF diet. That was such a wild story she should write her own book. I was also particularly interested in reading about the mom of Elias Tembenis, and I should have figured that would be the last profile in the book. Elias, unlike the other profiled kids did not recover, though perhaps he was recovering when he died at the age of 7. Elias was vaccine injured by his 4 month well check shots, developing a seizure disorder. At 7 he had a sore throat and his mom took him to the hospital and he had a seizure and ended up dying. It was very sad and powerful stuff. Some of the profiles got a bit repetitive but I guess that only served to make Jenny's point about a certain consistency of experiences which doctors should not be disregarding. She profiled Katie Wright of course, daughter of the Autism Speaks founders also. Anyway, some people, particularly autism parents do not like reading recovery stories. There is something self-congratulatory and superior in some of it. In this case taken as a whole I found them interesting since even in recovery not everything is all rosey.
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