This is an excerpt of a personal essay that will be featured this summer in the upcoming anthology Special Gifts: Women Writers on the Heartache, the Happiness and the Hope of Raising a Special Needs Child, edited by Arlene Schusteff (Wyatt-MacKenzie, June 2007).
Michele Ackerman, of Mundelein, is co-author of Someone Who Cares: A Guide to Hiring an In-Home Caregiver. She is a contributing author to two books on home health care. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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