Authors Helen Conroy and Laura Hirsch are Today’s Honoree

This book is a collection of stories about the real secret life of several autism mothers, detailing their stress, their joys, their tears, their laughter, and their disappointments. They describe the struggles they have faced in battling the schools, the state, the media, public opinion, and the medical community that believes autism is a psychological condition rather than a treatable medical disorder. Most importantly, this book reveals the truth behind the causes of autism and offers accounts of real recoveries from a disease that is supposed to be a lifelong disability.

These heart-rending and, ultimately, inspirational accounts offer support, practical advice, and spiritual strength to families dealing with autism. They remind the readers that no matter how helpless their struggle may seem, recovery is within reach.


Helen Conroy is executive director of TEAM Thinking Mom’s Revolution, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization. After a fifteen-year career as a vice president at a Fortune 500 company, she helped found The Thinking Mom’s Revolution, LLC and, later, TEAM TMR to help support families living with autism. Helen is married to her husband, Doug. They have three beautiful children, including Harrison, who is diagnosed with autism and is in the path to healing. They live in Naples, Florida.

Laura Hirsch has a bachelor’s in speech communications and is the author of three books, including The Other Side of Autism. She advocates for children with autism and for food safety. Laura has been featured in the documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. She has two incredible children, one of whom has regressive autism and is the inspiration for her advocacy work. They live in Reno, Nevada.

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