Welcome to the Club… Don’t Freak Out

Copy of Article by Washington Post staff writer Mari-Jane Williams
Copy of Article by Washington Post staff writer Mari-Jane Williams

An article appeared in the Washington Post about me and the book today, how cool is that! If you have not read it you can check  out the online version by clicking HERE.  It’s always fun, and a little bit strange to be on the other side of the interview process. I must admit I still feel more comfortable being the one asking questions.

Anyway, I mention it not just because it was a very nice article, but because of it I have gotten a few new folks coming here and visiting! So if you are one of those new people, WELCOME! I invite you to look around and get a feel for who I am. If you don’t have much time and can only check out a few things, then you may want to view THIS which was my most viewed piece ever  and actually crashed the server when I first posted when it got 30,000 views in an hour, which actually made me sad instead of happy because it just proved that unfortunately  many of our club members can relate to it all too well; or you can read THIS which was painful to write but needed to be said and explains how I feel about my son, his autism and organizations that claim to be helping the cause but may be promoting a less than positive picture. You can read it and decide for yourself how you feel about it and the organization but hopefully it will make you think! And of course I don’t always come on here and whine and cry and huff and puff, sometimes I am actually quite funny and amusing don’t believe it, take a look at THIS.

And I also invite you to come over and join the fun on my Facebook community page. I am much better at posting over there and its interactive, filled with thousands of other folks both parents and adults autistics who all GET IT! We also have a Facebook page for the Book where both Neil McNerney and I post articles, and info about upcoming speaking engagements etc. And of course if you ever have any questions you are always free to email at sharon@sharonfuentes.com. I try really hard to answer emails in a timely manner but since you know I am an autism mom too… well you get it!

So welcome to the club my new friends. For those of you who are new to Asperger’s please know you are not alone. I know how scary it is at first. I get it, really I do. But hang in there, before you know it you will realize that you really didn’t have anything to Freak Out about! I promise… it’s not so bad. It’s like diving into a swimming pool: you can keep trying to dip your toe in hoping the water will just magically get warmer, or you can dive right in. Sure it will be a shock at first, but eventually you warm up and are able to enjoy splashing around!

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