ABOUT THIS EPISODE
Welcome back to The Simplicity Sessions, I'm delighted that you’ve joined us today. My name is Jenn Pike, your host, registered holistic nutritionist, medical exercise specialist, the best-selling author of the Simplicity Project, and the creator of the women's revolutionary health program, The Hormone Project. Today’s conversation is with Susan Baker. Susan Baker is the mom of two beautiful children, Andrew, 13, and Abby, 9. She is the author of Life, Love & Autism, an online blog that chronicles her family’s journey of growth and challenge, including love, loss, and an autism diagnosis. She is a holistic nutritionist by training and has been in the natural health industry since 2001. She continues to inspire health in others through her online programs and social media presence. Susan lives in Toronto with her husband and children.
"Life, Love & Autism is a beautiful documentation of life as a family. Often hilarious, sometimes hard, but most certainly, inspiring, Life, Love & Autism is raw, real, and relatable. The stories go far beyond autism; they are about the human connection and what brings us together. The joy, the challenge, and the learning that comes from it all. A journey-- lived, documented, and shared.” Jenn and Susann discuss how Susan’s life has changed after having children and searching for ways to improve the quality of life of her eldest, Andrew, who was diagnosed with non-verbal autism. You will hear about the inspiring story of a mother that will do anything to help her child become all that he could be instead of trying the “fix” him.
Access links to Shannon Feir’s Facebook group, socials, and website below in the ‘Connect with us’ section of the show notes. Here are the main topics of today’s episode:
Introducing our guest, Susan Baker
Why Jenn thinks Susan is inspiring
The loss of a child
Autism diagnosis of Susan’s first child
The wonders in sharing your journey
Andrew’s communication breakthrough
Andrew’s want to share is experience
Who has Susan Baker become?
Connect with Susan Baker - Current Blog: http://www.lifeloveandautism.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lifewithsusan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lifeloveandautism Lead With Love ~ Motherhood anthology: The voices of ten different women, each with a unique experience of motherhood. Raw, real and heartfelt. Mine, one of 10 chapters, and probably the best summary of my journey as a mother and of how each of my children shaped who I am today. The love, loss and joy of it all. ~Susan Baker @lifewithsusan
Life as a Nonspeaker: An Insider’s Perspective (Andrew S., nonspeaking autistic, age 12, Nov.2020) : 25-min https://youtu.be/tm9fTEgQK4A
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“My spirituality really allowed me to see this unfolding in a way that was meant for my life.”
“Can it be okay to be, you know, yeah? The opposite of strong, can it be okay to accept help? Can it be okay to say, you know what? There are other people in my life who love and care for my children and they can take care of them just like I can”
“It's not another woman, another person is being open about it. You can feel and see yourself inside of that. And that's what I think, you talk about these stories going far beyond what you and your family unit are experiencing. That's where the connection piece comes in and why people are so drawn to it.”
“What does this child need? I just said I don't know, but I will never give up. I will never give up on my child. And that wasn't me thinking there was some kind of miracle solution that I was missing. It wasn't about that, right? It wasn't about waiting to fix this child, but it. I know there's more, I know there's more and so I'm open and I don't know what that looks like. And within a couple of weeks, I met a family who was using a method of communication that involves spelling on a letter board, a very simple method, but it's one that's unconventional.”
“I am, I would say, yeah, a new version of Susan Baker, which is somebody who continues to work at this, but is so much more trusting in the process of life. And partly because I can look back on examples of where I pushed myself to trust in the process of life. And it unfolded in a way I could never have predicted, but that brought me to an incredible place because I trusted in this process and I let go where I thought I should be going, what I thought I should be doing, what I thought I should be doing for Andrew or Abby. Um, and that's very difficult for my personality, but you know, I'm 44 this year and that is who I am now is just somebody who is more open to. You know, doing things in a way, I guess I, I'm not typically programmed to do it, you know?
Additional Information About Jenn: Jenn studied and graduated with honors in Human Anatomy and Physiology with such a passion that it propelled her to continue her education over many years. Jenn is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Medical Exercise Specialist, Registered Yoga Instructor and Faculty of the Toronto Yoga Conference, Pre & Post Natal Yoga Expert, STOTT Pilates trained instructor, Twist Sport Conditioning Coach, Spin Instructor Crossfit Level 1 Coaching, among other certifications she got along the way. She is also a guest Holistic Expert for Breakfast Television, Global, CHCH, Rogers Tv and writes columns for STRONG Fitness Magazine, iRun magazine, Savvy Mom and contributes to Inside Fitness Magazine, The Toronto Star and Sun. She is also a proud educator and ambassador to Genuine Health, Nature’s Emporium, and Juice Plus. Jenn is a proud mama to two beautiful souls and her best teachers of life. She resides on Lake Simcoe in Keswick with her husband and two children.