Lost and Found. Nic is a handsome boy who only wants to wear his Batman pj's and cowboy boots--preferably at the same time. He's trying to learn, to catch up, but with Nic everything comes more slowly. You see, Nic has autism. Mary is Nic's mom. A family practice doctor from Michigan, she's spent the past twelve years vacillating between denial, depression, rage, and despair. And now, acceptance. Mary has come to see her son as a true gift from God. But it hasn't been easy. With a tender strength, her memoir offers: A sense that someone else knows what you're going through Help in dealing with the inevitable emotional and spiritual struggles Insights into pitfalls to avoid and issues to address Whether or not you have children with autism or other special needs, An Unexpected Joy will speak to your heart. It is a story of realistic hope and emergence--the pain of feeling lost and the joy of being found.