Autism Journey

Several years ago I was featured in an artist’s local online magazine for upcycling. I was working out of a room of our old farmhouse basement apartment by the lake. Clothing on hangers hung from the pipes that ran along the ceiling above my sewing machine. I was focusing on upcycling old clothing and fabrics into new clothing.

The article “Gap Alternative” can be found in the online publication, Provo Orem Word.  It is on pages 23-25 of  the March 2010 issue.

Here are some of my personal photos from around that time.




I interviewed with the editor of the magazine about my reasons for upcycling. In the article she describes me as using upcycling as a part of my fight against autism. She even included a quote from my old blog in the article;

“Dr. Bryan Jepson explains in his book, Changing the Course of Autism, that persons who become autistic have a lower toxin tip genetically. The increasing toxicity of our world…, causes toxin overload on their bodies. Because of their lower toxin resistance their body cannot deplete these toxins, causing autism.”




I was introduced to autism as a teen when my then toddler brother was diagnosed. I became a warrior mom about a decade later when my oldest child was diagnosed as a toddler. The fight against autism has been an incredible journey that has changed my life forever. Many things I do as part of everyday life are a part of that journey. Upcycling is one of those things.




Upcycling fabrics holds a special place in my heart. Fabric is not one of those materials that can be thrown into the recycling bin and melted down to make new things. Reusing them is one way of fighting pollution. It helps lessen the toxins in our environment, which is obviously a good thing.




Just this year CDC has released the statistic of autism affecting 1 in 68 children, which is a sharp increase from just afew short years ago when they said it was 1 in 97.

In addition to the wonderful things they bring to this world, the children with autism in our lives are our warning voice in a toxic world. Despite their communication challenges, this message could not be clearer. Let’s listen and care for them and ourselves by caring for our environment.








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