My name is Deirdre and I’m a mom. My twin boys are almost five now and occupy much of my time. Before I was a mom, I did some other things, too. I still do other things once in a while.
I am a pharmacist by training and like to approach things scientifically. Enter motherhood and all that goes out the window. I spent years in various clinical settings –retail, hospital, long-term care. I landed in a very large, very well-known pharmaceutical company quite by accident and ended up staying for 12 years. In that organization I had the pleasure of training, teaching, selling and auditing – a wide expanse of experiences. I have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, too, which has helped in my new role in a very small marketing company that works closely with the pharmaceutical industry.
I have been an autism-mom for almost 2 & ½ years now. My son was officially diagnosed in August of 2009. I, like so many of you, went on a quest to ‘fix’ it – to make him well and make sure he had everything he needed. I spent countless hours on the internet, in doctor’s offices, filling out paperwork and talking. I talked to everyone who would listen. I asked question after question to those that would take the time to answer. I reached out to everyone that I knew who had some kind of connection in the medical community and could possibly help me. I made a pest of myself until people felt compelled to help me!
I am constantly in motion and find it difficult to sit still for long periods of time. I need to be moving – executing on my ideas and thoughts. I was actually like this before my son was diagnosed. I just make better use of it now. I teach group fitness and yoga. I am also a personal trainer and a firm believer in the link between the brain and exercise. I try to keep everybody in my house active. I am also really grumpy when I miss a workout.
I have found, over time that other parents of children with autism are my greatest resource. The power of ‘word of mouth’ is truly amazing to me in the autism community. I was encouraged by a friend to write a book and laughed off the idea with a shrug and a sarcastic remark (I’m also known for those). That is how my blog came to life.
Our world is full of other things besides autism. I work full time as a marketer and teach at a gym part time. The boys go to school and play football in the evenings. They will start kindergarten in the fall. I have two step-children, one doing great things in college and the other is captain of her field hockey team. I do all the other things that most moms do on a regular basis, along with managing my son’s autism. I try to keep it all together and take each day one at a time.