Jenny Lexhed plans for a wonderful marriage and perfect children. The future is boundless and she is in control of it all. What she isn’t bargaining for is a son with autism and years of struggle and pain. Love Is Not Enough: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism, Madness, and Hope is a step back into what so many of us have experienced: Autism happens, we’re left on our own to make a life for our children and the obstacles can’t even be imagined.
This wonderfully written book is as much about Jenny herself as about her son Lucas, who’s severely autistic. Events unfold in present tense and we experience everything as she describes it. Jenny Lexhed is a mother with a mission to make her child well and she exhausts herself pursuing her goal. The cost to herself, her husband and her family is enormous. In the midst of her ordeal, Jenny writes, “I exist in a vacuum. I put all my energy into finding a method that can help my child to develop. . . . What will we do now, when I no longer believe in this method? When I realized that Lucas was autistic and understood his difficulties, the ground disappeared from beneath my feet and I fell into a deep hole. . . .but now I’ve lost my foothold once again and fallen into the abyss. I’m groping in the dark. There’s no light anywhere. How will we find a new path?”
Still Jenny can’t quit. . . .
PRETENDING THAT THIS IS THE STORY OF ADULTS WITH AUTISM—-DISGUSTING.
Showing us adults with autism who go to college and are even married is a fraud. Finding a future for these guys is easy.
Salt Lake City: Adults with autism finding path to independence | KSL.com
McMahon believes there has been a lag in research into autism in adults.
“I think adults are only now getting the attention that they deserve and there’s some interesting things that have been found, ” said McMahon.
A California vaccination bill that has generated intense debates pitting personal rights against public health stalled in the state Senate Wednesday, with lawmakers saying it could unconstitutionally deprive unvaccinated children of an adequate education by barring them from schools.
The measure would have prevented parents from seeking vaccine exemptions for their children because of religious or personal beliefs, making California the largest of only three states with such strict requirements.
Supporters plan to bring back the proposal next week revising it to address the concern raised in the Senate Education Committee, but it wasn’t immediately clear how the bill might change.
The proposal was among several drafted across the nation in the wake of a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in December, sickening more than 100 people in the U.S. and Mexico.
It’s generated such an angry debate that the proposal’s author, Sen. Richard Pan, a Democratic pediatrician from Sacramento, has received added security. In addition to threatening messages sent to his office, opponents of the legislation have posted images online comparing Pan to Adolf Hitler.
Hundreds of people lined the Capitol halls ahead of the Wednesday morning committee hearing, with about 600 opponents outnumbering roughly 100 supporters, a crowd far larger than normal for even the most contentious measures.
Vote delayed on California bill seeking to toughen vaccine mandate Los Angeles Times
The topic generated such an acidic debate last week that the … NBC Southern California
Hey Paul Offit, Lookee here, Gravity debated by real scientists, not afraid of straying from dogma.
“We’re the front-runners,” he said. “Given the increased awareness that the world has of the possibility of pandemic, I think heightened awareness is certainly not a bad thing.”
Students who are removed from school can return once their parents either get the required vaccinations, or sign waivers saying they were opposed to one or more vaccinations, Morrison said.
Interesting follow up to the refusal to appear on Democracy Now at the same time as Mary Holland. The hosts called him out for it on the air and Offit melted down. Paul Offit is a liar and a coward.
April 13, 2014, Washington Post: What one of the anti-vaccination movement’s least favorite doctors discovered about Jesus
“I took it at face value when people said, ‘Jesus was our doctor,'” Offit said of vaccination and treatment. “The choice to put your child in harm’s way is not a religious act.”
When Offit began to read the Hebrew Bible/the Old Testament and the New Testament and look into the history of Christians’ work in the areas of child welfare and health care, he said he found himself largely embracing religious teachings. . . .
Offit believes that religious exemptions to vaccinations – and the freedom for parents to refuse medical treatment on behalf of their children – should not be allowed. “It’s not much different from child sacrifice,” he said. To others, removing the religious shield currently protecting parents in most states is an example of government overreach and a violation of the free exercise of religion.
Offit is out to end religious exemptions. He’s discovered that Jesus wants parents to vaccinate.