I am a mom of three boys and a girl. Erin, our oldest, has an autism spectrum disorder. I write often about the challenges and joys of raising a special needs child, as well as topics many mull over today: love, loss, the merits of hot yoga or flag football. My essays have appeared in The Week, The Huff Post, Grown&Flown, The Mighty and other publications.
School, Work and Why I Write
I was fortunate to study at the University of Virginia, Columbia Journalism School and the University of London. Before having kids, life took a detour and I started to write about that, I worked at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. and later at The Doe Fund, a work training program for homeless men and women in New York City. In both settings I gained a deep appreciation for the power of words and stories to inspire, to help and to heal.
Parenting, with or without a special needs child, is not easy and certainly never dull. In writing about Erin, our boys and our family I have connected with so many who identify, commiserate, laugh and celebrate similar struggles and victories. I believe that sharing stories helps us to make sense of it all, to understand that it rarely all makes sense and to know we are not as alone as we sometimes feel.