TURNING POINTS COME for all of us in our own ways. We respond in our unique ways just as our children respond in their own ways to stimulation. Something inside pulls us into a deeper reality of where we are and what we need to go on. In our lives, there was increasing hopelessness about Billy Ray’s future. I had put all I could give into my son, and it was not working.

Turning points come at different points in our lives. I wish so many times that ours had come much sooner. The things we learned would have made a difference in Billy Ray’s early years, though he was less complex then. The reason the turning point came so late for us was that Billy Ray’s crisis occurred at fourteen years old. Facing the permanence of his ...

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