Celebrities reveal their family struggles with autism
July 29, 2009 · Print This Article
Celebrity Jenny McCarthy has recently gone public with her story and struggles. Everywhere you look lately, she is there speaking of her struggles with autism afflicting her son, Evan, 5, who was diagnosed at age 2 and a half.
Her book, “Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism” that recently hit book shelves tells what she has gone through in the past three years and what has worked for her and her son.
She also was recently on Oprah Winfrey’s show, along with Holly Robinson Peete. Both hosts shared stories about how autism has affected their families.
One thing that has done wonders for McCarthy’s son was a serious change in diet. She started a gluten free/casein free diet as well as a no sugar diet with her son and saw almost immediate changes for the better. She also put her son on medication to eliminate the candida in his body and that has also had positive changes.
McCarthy recently was on the TV show, The View, and said, “I did want to acknowledge and confirm the fact that my son does, indeed, have an autism diagnosis.” She also told viewers, “I am willing to talk about it, and go deep with the emotional feelings.” She also spoke candidly with Larry King on CNN.
Rumors have been swirling around for quite some time that John Travola and Kelly Preston’s oldest child, Jett, also has a diagnosis of autism. They do not talk about it because their religion, scientology, will not allow it. So for now, it remains just a rumor.
There are very few people in the public eye that seems willing to tell their stories so it is certainly refreshing, to say the least, that a celebrity is sharing their story and struggles with this disorder.
Like McCarthy, Robinson-Peete has also recently started speaking of her son’s autism diagnosis. Her oldest child, Rodney Jr., or RJ, was diagnosed at age three and is now 9. He has come a long way since the initial diagnosis, thanks to the varieties of treatments. He has progressed so well that he currently is mainstreamed at his school.
He was diagnosed as a mid- to high-functioning autistic child. At that time, there was not the amount of resources as there are now so finding help wasn’t as easy.
Robinson-Peete’s fellow actress and friend, Tisha Campbell-Martin, also has an autistic son. When Robinson-Peete needs support, she finds it in the form of friends, Campbell-Martin and McCarthy. They find the support they need in each other.
The key seems to be the idea of support. Lack of it and resources may mean less effective treatments and outcome. If you are touched in some way by autism, find a support system and join in.
There is support in every state and area. In our area, the Pocono Autism Society is a great support system for anyone in need of some support.
Jennifer Ann McCarthy was born on November 1st of 1972 in Chicago, Illinois and James Eugene Redmond Carrey was born January 17th of 1962 in New Market, Ontario. These two are among the many celebrities making a difference when it comes to helping children. In May of 2007 it was announced that Jenny’s son had autism. In June of 2007 she became the lead spokesperson for the organization Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) and helping raise awareness for autism. On September 17th of 2007 Jenny’s book “Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism.” Along with her boyfriend Jim Carrey, they have gone on a worldwide crusade in the search for a cure for autism as well as working with several children’s foundations.