After arriving home from a wonderful (but long) visit to Bainbridge Island, I read an amazing email! This thrilling email was from Diane Kennedy. Ms. Kennedy is one of the very talented authors of a critically important book entitled Bright Not Broken. Those of you that have followed my blog, know that this book changed my son’s life and because of that…it changed my life too! Ms. Kennedy (along with her fantastic writing partner Rebecca S. Banks) wrote a book that is worth everyone’s limited time! Parts of Bright Not Broken, were written by THE Temple Grandin herself, which adds to the magic and importance of this invaluable book!
When I read (actually I read it several times) this email, I realized that I really was making a difference. What I was doing as a “mother blogger” had purpose and I felt a tremendous amount of pride and validation. I emailed back Ms. Kennedy and asked if I could post the email that she sent. With even more surprise and pleasure, I received a response this morning granting me permission to share her words. So here it is…
I ran across your blog and had to let you know how honored and happy we are our book brought you answers! This post brought tears to my eyes. And…I know it will to Rebecca’s too when I show it to her! 🙂 “While seeking answers, I found help! I read the book Bright Not Broken (see my Resource list and it’s discussed in previous posts) and things changed. I was glued to this book because those words described my son!! The description was so accurate and SO many things made sense for the first time! We finally had a name for what we experienced and we were starting to get answers!”
Our work has been a labor of love for several years that began with our first book “The ADHD Autism Connection”. BNB is not only a labor of love too but we feel a mission to advocate for real change for our 2e kids. Knowing our book has made a difference for you brings such joy to us! Thank you for sharing our book and your story with the world through your blog – you are a treasure! 🙂
We recently joined Twitter (although it is still a bit of a learning process, we love connecting) are you on Twitter? We also have a Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/brightnotbroken Thank you again for your kind words and praise about Bright Not Broken. We wish you joy in your journey with your TBP! 🙂 Please keep us posted!
Warmly, Diane and Rebecca
In addition, here is part of today’s email:
We both thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your passion and dedication to spread the news about Bright Not Broken! The radio show has kept us really busy this summer too, but we are really excited about it and especially some of the guests we have coming up! So nice to connect with you and we look forward to staying in touch. On Twitter and FB there are links to all the BNB Radio episodes – feel free to post them!
When I finished reading these emails, I thought a couple of things! First, I have been called many things…but I have never been called a treasure! 🙂 Second, how amazing it was that THEY want to follow ME on Twitter! Finally, if I could help share the important work that these women dedicate their lives to, then I am honored for the opportunity!
Bottom line is this…I love writing this blog! I love helping others by sharing my experiences (both bad and good) and insights that we have learned. The fact that this work gets recognized by amazing authors that have helped others just like me…priceless!