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No Map to This Country: One Family's Journey through Autism by Jennifer Noonan

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Chapter 10

Thank God for the Internet

I WAS SO wrapped up in researching, experimenting, planning, and coping that I mostly gave up noticing what was going on outside my bubble. Sometimes I deliberately avoided it, in fact. I had never been a big user of Facebook, but not too long after our diagnosis I had to remove myself entirely because I couldn’t handle the bitter monotony of all my contemporaries reporting on their young, happy families.

The final photo that broke me was innocuous, from a distant high school acquaintance I barely remembered. His four-year-old son had passed the gold-belt test in his preschool karate class, and he had received ...

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