Sammy had his 6 month follow up after his brain surgery! Today he was officially cleared! We are so happy that our boy is back to himself and no longer in pain. His neurologist mentioned that he is a completely different person today than he was before the surgery. I guess his behaviors caused by the pain had become our new "normal" because his misery is obvious to us now.
I am so happy that everything healed correctly. I hope everything continues to work out for him. He has enough going on, Sammy deserves this! To think of how many things have changed in the past 6 months, I cannot believe this is finally behind him. Thank you again to everyone who stuck by us during everything and continues to do so - we could not have done it without any of you. Congratulations Sammy!
Autism from a sibling's point of view...
My name is Paige and I am 24 years old. I graduated from Towson University with a Psychology Bachelors Degree. I am now working towards my Master's in Education of Autism and other Pervasive Disorders at Johns Hopkins. I am also a Behavior Data Specialist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit. My younger brother, Sammy, is 19 and has Autism. He is completely non-verbal, unaware of safety, is not toilet trained, cannot get himself dressed, and has difficulty with everyday activities that we all take advantage of. He works harder every single day of his life than anyone I know and he always does it with a smile on his face. He is my true hero and inspiration and because of him, I have dedicated my life to advocating and creating opportunities for individuals with Autism. I hope that I can make him proud and this blog is just a small part of the awareness I hope I can create about Autism and support other siblings impacted by Autism. I love you Sammy - thank you for everything.