a journey off the spectrum
Hello! My name is Holly Larsen and I am the proud mother of twin girls. One of my girls, Tula, was diagnosed on the autism spectrum and we all began a long, oftentimes difficult but rewarding journey of healing. Understanding that everyone is different, I started this blog because I wanted to share my experience with others in case something that we did for Tula would help another child (or family). I am not a doctor, health expert or nutritionist. I'm just a mom that feels so incredibly grateful for all who helped Tula along the way in her recovery that I want to offer my experiences to those who share my past struggles. When I was going through this journey I felt very isolated. I also found myself frustrated with both the lack of information and the contradictions within the information that was available. As a result, it became a dream of mine to create a forum for parents of autistic children to share their experiences, victories, solutions and hope. This new "lifestyle" we live has not only helped Tula, it's helped the entire family. I have struggled with my health my whole life, starting with being diagnosed with kidney disease at a very young age and having my first kidney transplant at age 13, then a lymphoma diagnosis, and a second kidney transplant. Through Tula's experience, I understand the importance of a healthy microbiome and am so grateful she taught our whole family how to be the healthiest and best versions of ourselves we can be!