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Not My Boy!: A Father, A Son, and One Family's Journey with Autism Hardcover – March 16, 2010
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Former NFL star quarterback Peete sheds his macho gridiron side and pours his heart out in his no-holds-barred family memoir, recounting the stresses of having a child with severe autism and the daunting challenge of realigning parental expectations. Recollecting golden memories of a supportive father's role in his successful life, he imagines a similar time with his son, R.J., but everything changes for the worse when R.J. is diagnosed with autism at age three. His marriage almost collapses under the weight of the diagnosis while his valiant wife, Holly Robinson Peete, emerges as the child's advocate amid Rodney's overwhelming anger and denial, ultimately triumphant in getting R.J. the proper attention. This invaluable parental primer on guiding an autistic child through the medical and therapeutic maze along with strengthening a besieged marriage will give renewed hope to all those in the same situation. A portion of this book's proceeds will go to autism charities. (Apr.)
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About the Author
Rodney Peete is a former quarterback from the University of Southern California who played in the NFL for 16 years. After his retirement in 2004, Peete became one of the hosts of the Fox Sports Net talk show The Best Damn Sports Show Period alongside John Salley, Chris Rose, and Rob Dibble. In 1997, Peete and his wife, Holly Robinson, started the HollyRod Foundation, which seeks to provide fininancial, physical and emotional suppport to Parkinson's patients and their families/caregivers. The couple has twins, Rodney Jr. ("R.J.") and Ryan, and sons Robinson and Roman.
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After hearing this story, linked from his lawyer's website:
about a researcher in the CDC who admitting skewing research data to conceal that there was a 2-3 fold higher rate of autism for African American children who got the MMR shot at age 1 instead of age 3. I wonder if, like so many of our kids of all ethinc origins, Rodney's son's autism could have been prevented had he got his shots later, and I wonder if the child's parents have heard this news. Read everything you can, ignore knee-jerk responses that attack people for telling their story of vaccine injury, and listen to those of us who have recovered our child partly through biomedical methods. Yes, while autism brings gifts and talents to those least affected, severe autism causes severe anguish, severe financial devastation, and a desperate cure to help our kids. Think Sudden Onset Baby Alzheimer's and you'll know why we desperately want to help those affected children and why we so desperately want this to stop. We know vaccines are important. They just need to be safer.