Sarah Barnes and her husband, Jim Hemphill, had big plans. He was a rocker with an eye on law school. She was a rising journalist. They traveled, laughed, loved, made plans, and married. But when their daughter, Meredith, was seven months old, they received a devastating diagnosis about her brain, and happily-ever-after became differently-ever-after from that point on. Although they faced many obstacles, their determined daughter helped them find hope and humor in the face of unthinkable challenge.
Award-winning journalist Sarah Barnes writes “A Different Road,” a column for The Austin American-Statesman about raising a child with intellectual disabilities. A native Austinite, she also blogs about education, disability rights and the beautiful quirks of living in Austin, Tx.