One of our friends just posted this to Facebook. It's an episode of a reality show about two men, George and Scott, who are prospecting for gold in Ghana. When Scott's 2 YO is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, he flies home to be with his family.
Around 24 minutes into the episode, the wife explains to him that there is therapy that can help their son, but that it's very expensive, and not covered by their insurance because they live in Utah. Yup...they're from Utah.
If they lived in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, or Wisconsin, they would have a still have a scary diagnosis to deal with, but at least they'd be able to access medical help without going bankrupt.
I don't watch TV much, and reality shows less, but this scene really impressed me. They managed to sum up in a couple of minutes the emotional rollercoaster that so many Utah families have experienced: getting a diagnosis, then learning that there's therapy that works for most kids, but it costs more than an Ivy League education and is not covered by most insurance in our state.
Thanks Scott and Andrea for sharing that moment for us.
And welcome to the autism community...we're on a road less traveled and it can be hard, but there's a lot of joy and good friends to be found and occasionally gold.
I hope y'all find some gold.