Sarah Barnes | Austin Author & Speaker - Advocate for Different Learners
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A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER ON A PROFOUNDLY DIFFERENT JOURNEY

Greeting from the Author

This just in: My column on guardianship has made a splash! Read about this emotional, yet practical decision in my post titled “Welcome to Guardianship.”    

You know writing a memoir is like dumping your entire life out on the curb and seeing who stops by to browse. It took me at least two years to write this eyes-wide-open  book and editing was the hardest part. Unlike my daily newspaper writing, I decided to follow my own story for 18 years and when I finally sat down to unfold those notebooks, I found a story about a mother and her initial loneliness, teary-eyed milestones, a troubled school district, unexpected kindness from strangers, and a reason why “Meredith & Me” is a universal story.  

About the book

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.

“A Different Road”

I have had the privilege of writing about my daughter for 17 years in a column called “A Different Road” for the Austin American-Statesman. I’ve written about her first steps, her first dance and the first time I realized she did not want the life I had envisioned for her. You can now read all these columns here. I will continue to write for the Statesman on an occasional basis.

Austin-area writer and speaker Sarah Barnes advocates and inspires with uplifting and sometimes-gut-wrenching stories of raising a daughter with intellectual disabilities and the different road they navigate
“It doesn’t trouble me that kids see Meredith as a student who needs an aide; it troubles me when they don’t see her at all.”

—Sarah Barnes, author of Meredith & Me

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