Sammy's surgery will take place tomorrow, October 9, 2013 at the Hershey Medical Center.
I have come up with a way to keep you all updated as much as possible and so I don't have to send out a million copies of the same email, text, etc. If you haven't noticed, there is a "Contact" page now that you can access on the blog site at the top of this page. Please go there to fill out the form and find out more about my plan.
Basically, I want to update the blog daily and send text messages as frequently as possible. You can subscribe to Sammy's updates by texting @mstalh to the number: 717-516-6917
If you fill out the Contact form and do not receive anything by tomorrow night, October 10th -- please contact me again so I can figure out the issue.
Also -- the Contact form goes directly to my phone so if you want to communicate that way or send Sammy a message -- please do so! Just remember to include your email address if you want a response.
Thank you to everyone for being here for Sammy and my family. It means so much to me that I have to set something like this up because there are so many of you that are interested to see how he is doing. Please keep him in your prayers.
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.