click here to open post May 09, 2011 | posted in Personal | 63 comments

The following story is tragic but true. . . The time has come. 10 years and 4 kids later, we’re saying Aloha ‘Oe to our beloved Hawai’i. We are heart sick over this decision, but it’s time, and it’s right. Plain and simple.

I haven’t talked openly about this, but we have a special little guy with something called Sensory Processing Disorder, and the bottom line is that over the last year, it has become evident to us that here in Hawaii we can’t give Cardon the kind of support he needs to really thrive. Please don’t misunderstand, there are great educators, doctors and OT’s here in Hawaii, however the type of program that we are looking for for our son, simply doesn’t exist here.

The best description I’ve ever heard for SPD is that it’s “Autistic-like.” All children with Autism also have sensory integration issues, however not all children with Sensory Processing Disorder also have Autism. Watch the preview for the wonderful documentary, “Autistic Like”, to get a better idea of what this diagnosis means for our family. Be sure to also take a look at the about page. It’s very inspiring.

We’re not sure exactly where we’re headed; it all depends on which program we end up settling on for Cardon. We DO know 2 things: 1. We’re out of here July 7th. 2. We’ll be back someday soon! (We’re crossing our fingers 2-3 years, tops.)

So off we go to new adventure! Maybe we’ll even throw a master’s degree into the mix!