Hi, I’m Jill. I’m a mom–a tired, frazzled, and very disorganized mom. I live in the San Francisco Bay area. I have 3 beautiful, intense boys, who are 17, 11, and 8. And I have professional, third-party verification that they are a wild handful. I have also defied the odds. With the help and guidance of some very smart, very brave doctors, I have recovered my oldest son from autism. Let me repeat that. I have recovered my son from autism. It wasn’t quick, it wasn’t easy, and it certainly wasn’t cheap, but we did it.
The blog is a record, to the best of my failing, sleep-deprived memory, of how we did it and how we have managed halt issues moving forward–including little things like epilepsy, ADHD, chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia, panic attacks, etc. The diet, the supplements, the bleeding edge treatments… And once I’m done with that I’ll add my .02 on current trends and how some of this same alternative approach may help other brain-based and learning disorders…and burned out autism mamas. This site is free and it will remain so. I feel very strongly that we parents bear such a heavy financial burden–including footing the bill for research being pursued by some MAPS doctors–that every now and then the Universe will toss you a gimme. This is a gimme 🙂
I’ve been in these trenches for more than 13 years. I am co-moderator of the Autism-Biomed-BayArea Yahoo group and co-chaired a boomed parents support for several years through Parents Helping Parents in the South Bay. I’m currently a member of Team TMR, the fundraising arm of the Thinking Moms’ Revolution. We raise money to fund unrestricted treatment grants for parents of kids with developmental disabilities, particularly autism, PDD, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and others. I also write for the blog under the name Zorro.
I’m also currently enrolled in a BioIndividual Nutrition course and plan to emerge from the program as a certified nutritional consultant.
This site does not offer medical advice. I am not a medical professional. I’m a mom with strong opinions who has spent a lot of time and a lot of money educating myself on alternative treatments and the art and science behind them. It is up to you to use it as a starting point in your own education. I’ll provide as many links to articles and other websites, lists of books, and other resources to help you on your way.
Welcome to Recovery Road. The more of us travel this way, the smoother the road becomes.