By Shannon Penrod
I'm very fond of saying "I've never met an Autism parent that I didn't like." It's true. I don't know why we were chosen to be members of the "Autism Parent Club", but I do know that I count myself lucky to be surrounded by truly amazing people in that club. Karen Delaney is one of those people. I don't know how many times our paths must have crossed in life but if it weren't for Autism I probably never would have met her - and that would have been a loss.
I went to college in the small port city of Oswego, N.Y. and years later I returned to my Alma mater to teach. All together I have spent close to a decade of my life in Oswego, and I never met Karen Delaney until she called in to the first ever Everyday Autism Miracles radio show. I was thrilled to have a caller and I thought it was crazy kismet that she was from Oswego. It was like getting a call from home. Except she wasn't a happy caller, she was mad. We talked and then when the break came we continued to talk. Somewhere in the break we became friends and we have stayed friends every since. When I came back to Oswego 2 years ago to teach in a two week summer program Karen and I tried to work out a time to meet face to face. Our schedules didn't mesh, and it just wasn't meant to be. Instead, we hosted a radio show together! And we kept in touch.
2 Days ago I got to meet Karen face-to-face for the first time. I was in Oswego for less than 48 hours but a few of those hours happened to mesh with the set-up for Oswego's annual Autism Walk and Family Fun Event. It wasn't a long visit, but it didn't matter. I got to hug one of my close friends on this journey through Autism, a Mom I'd never actually met, but someone who had made a difference in my life. There are blessings on this journey and Karen Delaney is one of them.
Join us this week as Karen Delaney makes a return trip to Everyday Autism Miracles, co-hosting the show. This is chat that has room for everyone. If you're feeling left out, don't! There's a seat at the table for you too! Call in to the show at 877.864.4869Return to the Everyday Autism Miracles Show Page
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