How did you feel when you first heard your child had autism? Do you remember that moment? I do. It felt like someone had knocked me to my knees. I was dizzy and I couldn’t breathe.
Hi! I’m Julie. I am a wife, a mom, and an educator. I also advocate for autism awareness and acceptance. My husband, Vince, and I live with our two children, Joey and Debbie. Debbie was officially diagnosed with autism when she was five years old. My family and I have been on this rollercoaster ride for seven years now – we’ve been up, down and all around! And although there’ve been times I wanted to give up and get off, I keep riding. After all, thrill rides are the best!
However, it was during one of those difficult times that I realized I needed to do something for myself. I needed to find people who were on similar rides, people who understood that sometimes the smallest things in life call for the biggest celebrations!
Debbie pours ketchup on everything, including her vegetables. And that’s when it hit me! I’m on Facebook all the time and I follow a ton of amazing autism pages. Why not give running an autism Facebook page a try? So I took the bull by the horns, and Ketchup With a Side of Autism was born two years ago. Last year my page morphed into a blog on WordPress under the same name.
And now here we are today. I am thrilled to partner with AAPC Publishing to begin this latest venture! I am eager to write about our autism journey and I am excited to share my perspective as an Autism Momma. So sit down and enjoy the ride because everything tastes better with ketchup!
xoxox ~ Julie