Anniversary Syndrome

26 Jan

from left: Michelle Hammons, MtM writer Lisa, Leigh Wilcox, and Dan Burns at the Pegasus Ball

From Lisa:

Like most of my friends, Leigh Attaway Wilcox juggles too many balls in the air to count!  She’s a writer, wife, mother of a darling 8-year-old son with special needs and a tireless advocate for the autism community.  The last time I saw her in person was at the HBO table for the Autism Treatment Center’s Pegasus Ball back in September.  She had a received a special invite from HBO because she’d written so much about Temple Grandin (the movie and the woman, whom we met there).

She wrote such a touching post about her son that I asked her if we could share it. You’ll see the first paragraph here…then click to check out her blog.

Thanks, Leigh!

Four years ago, we received the preliminary results of our son’s evaluation for ASD through our local school district.  While I went in with plenty of knowledge and even suggested to the evaluation team that I suspected Asperger’s Syndrome, somehow it didn’t make it hurt less to see the results on paper.  I remember reading the 20+ page document while extended family members visited and laughed with my husband in the next room.  Ethan was tucked safe and sound in his warm bed for the night, but I was flooded with emotion.  I’ll never forget that night.

Check out the rest of Leigh’s blog at, a website devoted to empowering the autism community.

2 Responses to “Anniversary Syndrome”

  1. Lisa Martin January 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Thanks so much, Leigh, for your words and deeds on behalf of Ethan and other children on the autism spectrum!

    • Leigh Attaway Wilcox January 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      Thanks, Lisa, for sharing about our emotional journey here! I appreciate the opportunity to get to know some of your readers.

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