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While most health officials refute claims of some autism books that proclaim the cause to be vaccines, the parents of children who have regressed after a round of vaccines have compelling stories to share.
One such story is found in the book, Finding God In Autism, by Kathy Medina. I recently interviewed this Mama and was blown away by her experience with vaccines.
My Natural Motherhood Journey: Where can you be found online?
Kathy: I can be found online on either of my websites. They are:
My Natural Motherhood Journey: What gave you the inspiration to start your book?
Kathy: My inspiration to write my book came from God. I have three children. My middle child has autism. I went to a Bible Book Store to find a book about how to deal with the hurt of my child having autism and found nothing. I went to Bible Study at my local church and listened to Biblical messages for strength and support. That came through Bible study, t.v, dvd's and cd's. God laid it on my heart to share with others that were walking on the same road as I was His promises. The book Finding God In Autism came very easily and very fast. Wanting to get my book in more hands than just those who came to stores, I learned to build a website. That's when I found SBI!
My Natural Motherhood Journey: What is your experience with vaccines?
Kathy: I believe that our son, Zack, developed autism through vaccines. I saw the Dpt vaccine destroy his bowels and the MMR vaccine take away skills that he had just developed. My story is not unlike the other thousands of parents who saw their healthy child decline very quickly after receiving thier vaccinations. I can't prove it anymore than other parents, but I watched my child loose skills and didn't know what was happening at the time.
My Natural Motherhood Journey: How straight forward has your interaction with pediatricians been?
Kathy: My approach with our sons pediatrician has been very direct. I went through four pediatricians before I found one willing to listen to my gut instincts and work with me. I have worked with the same DAN (Defeat Autism Now) doctor for 13 years. Dr. Jerry Kartzinel has helped Zack overcome most of his bio medical issues. It's been a slow hard process but worthwhile. Without bio medical interventions, I would not be able to handle my son. He was severely affected by autism. Now he is moderately affected.
My Natural Motherhood Journey: Have you ever found that your pediatrician hasn't told you the truth?
Kathy: Our first pediatrician delivered Zack and our oldest son, Jake. He was also a personal friend. To this day, he doubts that vaccines had anything to do with Zack's autism. After two years of Zack being his patient, we left for another doctor. Eight years later, I went back to this pediatrician. I told him that I had spent the last 2 years working through my anger, bitterness and hatred that I felt towards him. I came to the conclusion that I knew the vaccines changed my son and our lives forever. God knew what was going to happen before it happened and He alone allowed it to happen. If I am right and vaccines did cause autism in Zack, this doctor did not intentionally harm Zack. Therefore, I needed to forgive him. It didn't matter if the doctor believed he played a part in Zack's autism, God was and is in control.
The doctor broke down in tears and told me I was a bigger person than he was. He said for 10 years he felt guilt that our life was so hard and that he did not give me words of encouragement. He was always defensive and saying things like, "You're on a long dark road", which I felt was not appropriate. He admitted that he had no business letting his words further my pain and hurt.
He said he had prayed over the years for God to lead me in helping Zack. And he was thankful that I hadn't sued him...because I threatened too. He said even if I hadn't won a law suit I would have dragged his name and reputation through the mud. He appreciated the ability to do "business as usual."
I gave him a couple copies of my book and said that he could send parents my way if they had questions and needed a direction if they were just beginning on the road where I am. He hugged me and it was a huge relief as any hard feelings that we had toward each other were immediately gone. There is no room in life for regret. All my energy has to be used in finding ways to help further Zack.
I knew that God put us on this road and I know that God is leading us off this road. Do I believe God gave Zack autism? No. Do I believe he allowed it to happen? Yes. Big difference. God has shown Himself in so many ways and each milestone that Zack reaches is a direct blessing from God. We take nothing for granite anymore. We see miracles big and small and are grateful for each and every one.
My Natural Motherhood Journey: How has the book been received?
Kathy: My book has gone around the world. Someone on every continent has bought my book. 50% of the people who buy Finding God In Autism come back and buy one or two more to give to someone they know. I have had churches buy a number of books and use it to teach parents in a Sunday School Class. My book has gone out to a couple of retreats that have women of special needs children. I have received hundreds of thank you letters, emails and phone calls from parents thanking me for taking the time to write the book. I have had a gentlemen who's wife had Alzheimer's say he replaced the word autism with Alzheimer's. He says God's promises help him to cope. I have a brother who is an alcoholic and he read it and replaced the word autism with alcoholism and he is finally starting to see God in a new light.
God's promises are for each and everyone of us. God wants everyone of us to come to Him and be healed of whatever hurt and affliction is in our life. God is bigger than any trial we are facing. But I also know that God is not beyond using whatever He needs to to bring us into a relationship with Him.
The only negative feedback I have gotten is from 3 people. And all 3 people never read my book! They were just angry with God or religion and wanted to vent. I sent all 3 of them a free copy of my book and never heard back from them. I had one Jewish mother read my book and she loved it but had to make a point to tell me that she is still waiting for the Messiah (Jesus) to come. So she left Jesus out of the picture and focuses on God. I figure its up to God to show her the truth.
I had a couple of people who loved the book but had a couple of questions. Some didn't really understand who God was and/or Jesus being God's one and only son. Some didn't feel like they really knew how to pray. This lead me to write an Ebook called, "Praying Effectively For Your Child." The feedback on this ebook has been well received too. But I have also learned that people would rather have a book than an ebook, so my next book will be another soft back book.
It has been very rewarding and completely unexpected to see my book change and touch so many lives. I really didn't have any expectations when I wrote the book. To hear that parents now have a relationship with God when they never had one or renewed their relationship with God is nothing short of fantastic. I believe that this has to trickle down to parents being better parents to their children who have autism. Raising our children takes a lot of patience, understanding and non judgmental attitude.
My Natural Motherhood Journey: How do you view your experience?
Kathy: My father says that since my experience has touched so many lives, going through what I have gone through must make it worth it. I don't agree with that, yet. Maybe someday I will and maybe I never will. To put my child through so much for others to see or find God is not my idea of God's plan. For I am more than willing to share the gospel without one of my children being affected. If however I can help others to see God, have a relationship with God, not be bitter and trust that all things work together for the good of those who love Him, then I am more than happy to share what God has taught and continues to teach me.
God is good. God does have a plan and this life we are living is only a blip on the scale of eternity. Some day, hopefully in my lifetime, my son will be able to talk completely. Someday his obsessiveness will be gone. Someday he will be able to tell others his testimony of how God was faithful, loving and good...in his own words. Now that is a testimony that would make it all worthwhile!
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