The entire time I was reading this compelling and evocative book, I kept thinking about how much fortitude Curt Warner and his wife, Ana, had to continue day after day in their struggles. Their twin sons, Christian and Austin were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ...but only after many visits to the Pediatricians.
Twenty years ago not much was known about ASD. Ana and Curt were on their own trying to figure out many things including whether or not diet could be a contributing factor and if there was any way to change the aggressive behavior of the twins. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated recently that 'one in sixty-eight children in America has ASD'. Such an incredible number and on the rise in recent years.
While reading I kept trying to put myself into their environment for just one day. Absolutely would not be able to care for either of them unless I had lots of assistance. It would be a constant act of being vigilant just in trying to keep up with the behavior. And, patience, my word....what patience. And, for over twenty years, both parents have been supportive and loving.
Love, a strong faith and respect...each of these contributed to the fortitude of both Curt and Ana. I can only imagine how it must have felt to remain positive for all of these years.
A journey of so many, many small steps. Just imagine as a mother hearing your son say his first sentence when he was nine years of age.
I will be thinking about the 'Warner Boys' for a long time in the future. Excellent, just excellent...
Most highly recommended.