Monday, May 16, 2011

Showcase: Sharon from The Tumultuous Truth

Today we're showcasing Sharon from The Tumultuous Truth.

Please tell readers a little bit about yourself. 
I’m a 40 year old mother of three who lives in Western Australia. I had my first daughter at a young 21. I was the first person in my family to be a single parent, and then the first to go to University.  I obtained a Bachelor in Social Work and worked with women transitioning from prison back into the community for many years. It was difficult work and eventually I left the profession to start a Solar Power business with my husband.  My husband and I added two more children to the brood. A wonderful daughter now 6, and Harri now aged 2.5. Harri was diagnosed pdd-nos in October just before his second birthday. Since the day he was born he has kept me on my toes.

How long have you been blogging?
I started when Harri was 10 months old. At that time I was seeking an avenue to vent as I was so bewildered  by raising this seemingly miserable child. I had no idea the diagnosis that was to come at the stage but interestingly if you read my very first post I actually mention Autism. Despite that prophetic post, I soon stopped blogging due to Harris’ unrelenting demands. Then after his diagnosis 7 months ago I found all these wonderful blogs by parents raising kids on the spectrum. This reminded me of my earlier attempt so I picked up where I left off.

What kinds of things do you normally write about?
Initially I thought I would only write about Harri and my responses to our journey. But I have inevitably ventured into broader territory. I say inevitably because I am so opinionated I was never going to stay out of the more complex conversations relating to ASD.  So on a given day I might be posting inspirational clips of people on the spectrum, discussing latest research in the field of Autism, thoughts about other parents approaches to Autism, my opinions on certain treatments, and of course anything that might be topical such as controversies surrounding Andrew Wakefield or Dr Greier for example. So it’s a real mish-mash.
Who are some of your favorite bloggers? If
I have a blog list that only begins to scrape the surface of all the blogs I read and enjoy so I find it impossible to choose. I always visit leftbrainrightbrain and Thinking Persons Guide to Autism on a daily basis.

What do you wish people most knew about you?
That I know I come across as an arrogant know it all at times. And that I welcome challenge and dissent as much as support on my blog. 
What has surprised you the most since you started blogging?

The amount of intelligence and critical thought that so many parents of children with Autism put into their blogs. Though the more I understand about ASD the less surprising it becomes.

If you haven't been to any of these bloggers' blogs, I hope you'll take a moment and go read and say hi. If you'd like to be included here in a showcase, email me or Kathleen and we'll get you showcased!

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