Passion. Raw. Knowledge. Fierce Love. Powerful. Selflessness. Unstoppable. Determined. Confident. Movers and Shakers.
These are just a few words that come to mind when I think about The Thinking Moms, the words they write, their Revolution, and their new book that was just released this month.
I read a lot of books and what I love about “The Thinking Moms’ Revolution Autism beyond the Spectrum: Inspiring True Stories from Parents Fighting to Rescue their Children” is that their words pull me in. The truth they speak can bring tears to my eyes in an instant and ignite my soul. They give me courage to go on and they make me more determined than ever to beat apraxia.
Why? What makes this group of moms and one dad so inspirational?
Because their stories are strikingly similar to mine, only they have faced and persevered through more challenges. Their words are my heart and soul … everything I believe to be true now and everything that I have felt and experienced in the past.
Just to clarify, my son does not have autism, but after reading this book, I had confirmation of what I have felt all along … This could easily have been me. This could have been my baby. I feel this way because many of the symptoms that Jake has experienced with apraxia overlap into the world of autism.
If you’ve never heard of The Thinking Moms and their book, here’s what their blog has to say …
Twenty-three moms and one brave dad make up The Thinking Moms’ Revolution. Their group stretches from Montana to Malaysia to Montreal. While parenting children with disabilities, they came together on Facebook to collaborate about bio-medical and dietary interventions, as well as doctors and researchers developing cutting edge treatments. In the process they became a tight-knit family dedicated to helping their children lose their diagnoses. Out of this collaboration they have created something far more substantial. Suspecting that the roots of their children’s autism, adhd, asthma, sensory processing disorder and food allergies may be found in the overuse of antibiotics, preventative medical care, environmental toxins and processed food, they began a mission to turn it around!
I think one of the many strengths of this book is that each chapter is about a different family. Each parent tells their child’s story and everything that has come with it – past, present, and hope for the future. There are 24 of these stories and if you integrate all of their on-the-job experience, you’ve got a book chalked full of just about every kind of therapy, emotion, and situation imaginable. They have all traveled similar journeys fueled by intense love, but their paths have been different … this is what makes this book so good.
I also love their nicknames for each other – Blaze, DragonSlayer, LuvBug, Poppy, Booty Kicker, The Rev, Goddess, Twonk, Sunshine, Prima, Tex, Savage, Cupcake, Mamacita, Saint, The Count, Mama Mac, Sugah, Princess, Money, Snap, Mountain Mama, Professor, and MamaBear.
One of my favorite chapters was “The Professor’s Fractured Fairy Tale” because it was a story on apraxia. I have this book on my Kindle and while I highlighted loads of potential therapy solutions and witty sentences as I went along, when I got to this chapter I sped through it, not marking anything. I soaked in each word, almost holding my breath throughout it, because I was so taken in by this story.
The Professor’s son, Bryce, has a story similar to Jake’s … allergies, apraxia, ear infections, asthma, antibiotics, and abnormal stools. These two boys qualified for early intervention at the same age – 27 months – and we both have seen a huge response to bio-medical intervention coupled with speech therapy.
She articulated what I feel to be true in my own heart, as I too, have spent a lot of time reading books on autism and visiting these online communities. The Professor writes,
Sometimes I wonder about how I came to be so deeply involved with autism parents, given that I don’t have any children “on the spectrum.” Personally, I have come to believe that “the spectrum” is really much broader than we think it is. Yes, maybe my children are not classified with autism (and I hope they never will be!), but both have (or had) neurological impairments that are helped by similar treatments and, in all likelihood, caused by similar processes. In fact, I now believe that most, if not all, of the modern chronic illnesses so prevalent today have similar roots. As autism numbers have risen, so have those for diabetes, asthma, ADHD, arthritis, life-threatening allergies, obesity, and a number of other autoimmune illnesses. Children with autism really are the “canaries” that are letting us know that so much of our lives has become poisonous to humans, particularly developing humans.
And that is why I share this book with you today. All of the disorders that our children are faced with today, and the fact that those numbers are rising, scares me to death and breaks my heart.