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Out of the Darkness: The Faiella Family Faces Breast Cancer and Autism

Posted Oct 23 2009 12:00am
Out of the darkness Managing Editor's Note: We'll run a contest for this book next week. I bought my copy last week, and hope you'll do the same, to support this amazing family. Tomorrow we'll announce our Saving Deets book contest winner.

By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

Your wife is diagnosed with breast cancer and given only a 20% chance of survival.  A few months later your son is diagnosed as autistic and you’re told you should put him in an institution.

What would you do?

The answer for many of us would be to fold.  Shut down.  It can be so overwhelming.  Many men give up, and some women do as well.  But others fight.  This community does and it has many wonderful warrior mothers and fathers.  I’m not saying there aren’t people just as brave and courageous as Daniel Faiella.  I just have a hard time imagining anybody more courageous.  Now you can read their story in the wonderful new book, “Out of the Darkness: The Faiella Family's Journey to Recover their Autistic Son” which you can purchase at Amazon HERE for $15.99 (174 pages).

I first got to know Daniel when I was considering stem cell therapy for my daughter.  His son Matthew had gone for two treatments and had responded remarkably well.  Daniel was a fountain of information about the therapy and various aspects of autism.  Of all the  people I’ve encountered in the years of trying to help my daughter I'd put Daniel on a very short list of people I'd go to with questions.

And what did Daniel do for a job at the time I met him?  Was he an attorney, a doctor, engineer, or Ivy League graduate?  No.  He was a Bellman at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios in Florida.  He doesn’t let anything stop him.

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