I received my first payment for a piece of writing today. It's not a lot but it's exciting to me. I have been writing for so long with so much reward from the process itself and comments from you, that to be paid as well is kind of great. I am going to place it in a special account and dedicate all my earning to spending special times with my girls. We are saving for a trip to New York, so there's that.
I'm still working hard to respond to all of your lovely emails. With respect, I was hoping you wouldn't mind if I addressed some of your questions and comments here, as many of you are asking the same things. So, here goes:
I am NOT looking for a cure for Kate's autism. That train has sailed. I originally thought I might search for that elusive son of a bitch but then I thought spending time enjoying the little person she is would be a better bet.
I will not test your cream, drug, potion or chant on Kate. Even though there are a number of Buddha statues in my home, I am seriously grounded when it comes to Kate's treatment. I will need you to provide evidence using the scientific method and anecdotal testimony from families before I will even read your proposal.
I do not believe that correlation equals causation. Please do not share your theories on what causes autism because I have already heard them all.
I do adore your stories. I could read your experiences all day long. It makes me feel like we are all in this together.
I LOVE when people ask me about Kate. I am very clearly not private about this matter. I will not answer questions that I believe to be disrespectful to her or our family but If you want to know the list of foods she'll eat or what helps her settle after a meltdown, feel free to ask.
I am NOT afraid of sharing our story on here and sharing pictures of my girls. Pictures are only pictures. Words are only words. Many of both of mine have been stolen and misused. My girls are safe with me and always will be.
Grace and Kate's mom. (Shanell)