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Jennifer Rose bookNOTE: Here's a terrifically hopeful story we're happy to share.  Jennifer is the daughter of AofA contributors Jonathan Rose and Gayle DeLong.  Her book will help so many families and young adults with autism.  We encourage you to purchase a copy today.

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HANOVER - Drew University student Jennifer Rose is like many 20-year-olds, sweating out class assignments, socializing with friends and participating in activities like an anime club and the campus newspaper.

But in other ways, she is one of the more unique students at Drew — still learning to cope with autism, she recently became a published author.

The Morris Township native, now living on the Drew campus in Madison, spoke to the Morris County Special Needs Parents Group on Thursday during their regular meeting at the Morris County Library, telling them about her difficult journey, her inspiring progress and, of course, her book — “It’s Not a Perfect World, But I’ll Take It: 50 Life Lessons for Teens Like Me Who are Kind Of (You Know) Autistic.”

“Throughout college, I’ve had some really busy days,” she wrote in Lesson 35. “What I’ve learned from them is that I can’t always adjust life; sometimes I need to adjust myself to life instead and make sure to include the things that will help me deal with the stress.”

Both in writing the book and speaking to the group, Rose was honest about the challenges she still deals with. She still has difficulty focusing and tends to obsess, and her condition also makes it difficult to navigate around campus.

But the 50 “bite-size” lessons she shared in the book — many featuring a sly sense of humor — have given her enough confidence to realize a big goal of publishing a book at a very young age.

“I feel great, and also very excited,” she said of being a published author. “Writing has been a therapy tool in multiple ways for me. Sometimes I get anxious in class, so I write down my feelings on a sheet of paper. It makes me feel better to do so.”

“My favorite lesson is ‘Learn to take jokes, even your dad’s,’ “ she told the group. “My dad is the king of bad jokes.”

Other lessons are more poignant, as Rose shares some of her difficult experiences and how she worked through them.

“Eighth grade was awful,” she wrote. “In addition to school stress, I was also preoccupied with preparing for my bat mitzvah. In the end, I had to leave my middle school because I was so overwhelmed. At my next school, the environment was not very friendly.”  Read more here.

Comments

Lisa

CiaParker:

Once again you are misinterpreting my comments, so let me be more clear: I believe that there is so much overlap between schizophrenia and autism precisely because both are caused by mercury poisoning. In autism the most common form of mercury poisoning is from vaccination. In schizophrenia it is most likely from dental amalgam.

Others here have suggested that autism and schizophrenia are two distinctly different disorders. I do not agree with this. The reason that autistic persons have greater speech deficits than schizophrenics is because the onset of their illness occurs either BEFORE or DURING the development of expressive language.

In addition, we simply cannot know, in many cases, whether autistic persons suffer from hallucinations, since 1/3 are non-verbal and therefore would be unable to communicate this phenomenon, and many more have such poor communication skills that it would be difficult for them to do so. We do know for a fact that head-banging is one of the more challenging behaviors that autistic children exhibit. We don't know what causes this behavior. One possibility, I would argue, could be their misguided attempts to try to interrupt interfering thoughts and hallucinations.

It is also possible that the common thread between schizophrenia and autism is mercury, but that schizophrenia diverges from autism -- namely in its positive symptoms (e.g. hallucinations, paranoid thinking) as a result of the synergistic effect of continuous exposure to mercury vapor from dental fillings, and copper -- from diet, the environment, or from the dental fillings themselves. So, it is possible that the negative symptoms, which are seen in both schizophrenia and autism (e.g. social phobia, social withdrawal, poor communication, lack of motivation, inability to plan) come from mercury, and the positive symptoms, seen only in schizophrenia -- if indeed that is the case -- come from the the synergistic effects of continuous mercury vapors mixing with copper.

This is just a theory, mind you. I do not have proof to support it. But I am very interested in others' opinions on this, especially from this blog.


AnneJ

@ciaparker re: schizophrenia and autism.
I found your post very interesting (and it hit very close to home).
One of our kids had very elevated mercury levels as a toddler. He was eventually diagnosed with autism, but recovered nicely with biomedical treatments (including chelation).
He recently had an out-of-the-blue "mental breakdown" and the doctors right away jumped to a "schizophrenia" diagnosis. They completely dismissed the fact that he'd just been on the antibiotic, flagyl, for 2 weeks. I felt his symptoms were due to the antibiotics, but they said "it was not possible" (even though there is such a thing as "flagyl-induced psychosis" in the medical literature).
Long story short, he was confined to a locked psych ward for a over a month before I could get him out and take him to a lyme specialist (I have suspected lyme for a while, but the psychiatrists refused to test for it while he was hospitalized).
He did test positive for late-stage lyme, so we are at least lucky enough to now have a proper diagnosis.
Thankfully he's now off all psych meds, recovering and back in school, but it's scary to think of where he could have ended up if we had not taken control of the situation. The hospital had him so doped up and out of his mind with all their psych meds and they listed his prognosis as "poor." They definitely made hm worse instead of better. It was a nightmare. What a messed up system we have (though quite a cash cow for the pharmaceutical industry. Once on those meds, it's very difficult to get people off of them. It took us months).
How many "schizophrenics" are really just mercury-toxic individuals with undiagnosed lyme?! I could see how the mercury could easily screw up their immune systems, opening the door to other opportunistic infections, like lyme.
I'm definitely not a fan of this push for "acceptance".
Let's do the proper research, end the autism epidemic and come up with the best treatment options, so these kids can live the lives they were meant to live.
Shame on Sesame St. (and all of mainstream media) for ignoring the elephant in room while children suffer. It's despicable.

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John Stone

Thank you Jennifer, you are an inspiration. Jonathan and Gayle you have a wonderful daughter.

John

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