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A Mother’s Memoir of Autism

Love is Not Enough

A Mother’s Memoir of Autism, Madness, and Hope

When Jenny Lexhed and her husband have their first child, Lucas, they are living the dream. They’re happily married, they’ve just bought a house, the company they built together from the ground up is starting to blossom. But with the arrival of their son, a feeling of anxiety slips into their life. What starts as a feeling becomes a conviction. Lucas is not like other children. Everything seems to indicate, and psychiatric evaluation concludes, that their son is severely autistic. Will he ever be able to communicate?

 

Jenny vows to do whatever she can to help Lucas connect with his parents and others and live an independent life. Tossed between hope and despair, she begins a frantic effort to research the best among many competing therapies and find exactly the right treatment for her son. Her obsession takes her to the brink of exhaustion—and over, when she suffers a psychotic breakdown and must be committed to a psychiatric clinic. There begins another journey, to find her balance and recover her strong, healthy life, before she can begin again to fight for her son.

 

Both brutally honest and deeply affecting, Love Is Not Enough is a page-turning memoir that offers insight into autism and what a parent goes through for her child.

 

 

 

About the Author

 

Jenny Lexhed and her husband now have three children. In 1995, they founded the speakers bureau Talarforum in Scandinavia, which has grown to seventy employees and more than eight thousand speakers in its network. Now sixteen, Lucas has learned to communicate, read, write, and do math; he is an independent and happy young adult. Jenny has become a sought-after speaker in Scandinavia and a contributor to various publications. She and her family have lived since 2013 in Florida. Visit her website at www.jennylexhed.com.

Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday

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Best Friends Animal Society Offers Tips

 

to Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

 

 

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can have an impact on everyone in the household, including your pets. Many traditions such as foods, decorations and plants that may seem harmless can be dangerous and even life-threatening . . . → Read More: Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday

Having Trouble Sleeping and Venting

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I’m up late tonight. I can’t get my mind to shut down, so I decided to try putting all my thoughts into a blog post. I’ve had a few nights over the last few weeks, of having trouble sleeping. My main worry, however, isn’t those few nights. My main concern is that I’ve been so . . . → Read More: Having Trouble Sleeping and Venting

Empowering Autism Worldwide

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When I first met Gina, I was 16 years old. She was 12. I entered her group home and walked up the stairs. She examined me, then reached out her hand, touched the arm of my black jacket with a peace sign on it, and said “girl.” From that moment, Gina and . . . → Read More: Empowering Autism Worldwide

Terminal Restraint: Disabled Adults Killed

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The following is copy of part of an article that was shared with me in a comment. Please click over and read the whole thing. Stories like these are the main reason that I fear my son ever having to be in a long-term care facility.

 

They grabbed him, gave him a sedative and . . . → Read More: Terminal Restraint: Disabled Adults Killed

BAKERY SERVES UP SUCCESS STORIES FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM

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(PRESS RELEASE)Chicago, IL – Autism organization Have Dreams and ILOVESWEETS Bakery have created a recipe for success with a new workplace training program that helps give young adults with autism a pathway to employment. Have Dream’s pilot program – Have Dreams Academy – began this summer in Evanston, Illinois. The program introduced three young adults . . . → Read More: BAKERY SERVES UP SUCCESS STORIES FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM

Halloween Craziness And Family Fun

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I feel like I am going around in circles. I have so many things going on that I barely have time to check in here or my email. I am to the point that I can’t agree to do anything without looking at my calendar. Halloween parties for my daughter are filling up . . . → Read More: Halloween Craziness And Family Fun

Called To Grandma’s House

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My grandmother doesn’t call that often. She’s like me, doesn’t care for talking on the phone. That’s why I love it when she does call me. It really makes my day. Last week, she called me and asked what I was doing on a certain date. I replied with the first answer that popped into . . . → Read More: Called To Grandma’s House

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