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The Return of Mikey
ISBN: 978-0-9845904-8-3

6" x 9" 264 Pages

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Here is a book about autism written by a  family who knows autism: the pain, the embarrassment, the laughter, and the humanity that is part and parcel of the everyday life of a family loving and raising a child with autism. Mikey is a wonder: a curious, intelligent boy who communicates in words and feelings the confusion, the contradictions, the crises, and the pleasures of his moment by moment experiences. Mikey was a boy, and man, of talents as well as demons, both captured beautifully in his mother's journal, a tribute to his sense of humor, his courage, and the richness of his relationships with his family and friends. Families sometimes tell me that it is their ability to laugh at the irony, humor, and the wildly irrational moments that autism creates in their lives, in order to fully appreciate their children and the new and unexpected life that autism opens up to a family.  It is a tribute to Mikey's spirit that his mother has written such a rich, deep, and moving tribute to her funny, sensitive, capable, and puzzling son.              
Sally J. Rogers, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The M.I.N.D. Institute
University of California Davis Medical Center


Diane's book is a riveting, moving and often hilarious account of raising her autistic son during a time before such diagnosis was prevalent. Her sense of humor and strength is what made Mikey the functioning human being he became. As a talk show host, psychic and medium, I had the honor and pleasure of getting to know Diane on and off the air for nearly fifteen years of Mikey's life, learning about their trials, tribulations, and journey. Diane reached out to me shortly after Mikey took his life. He spoke through me to ease her grief...and on more than one occasion. A page turner, you will come to know a young man of amazing intelligence, surprising wit, and a love who will become a part of your life forever. Read the book and know Mikey's has returned...or never really left.
Linda Salvin, MPH, PhD
Talk Show Host, Psychic, Healer, Medium


A touching story of courage, humor, life, death and life again. I laughed and cried on a journey that gives us all hope through the tragedies of life. This book of hope is for every parent and every person going through the challenges of life.  You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll have hope that in the hardest of times. This is a story of unconditional love like no other.  A mothers dedication to an extraordinary son throughout his life and his tragic death.  A sense of humor, profound love, and knowing that our loved ones will never leave us, a book that will give you hope in the hardest of times.
Craig Zablocki
Author & Motivational Speaker


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