My heart is shattered by the news that Alison Hietala Lee, a beautiful, bright, capable, curious, loving, unique young woman has slipped away from this world as she gave birth to her daughter. What a loss. What a loss.
I can't find words to describe the grief that I feel and my time with Alison was brief. A few short years. Just long enough for me to fall in love with her lovely spirit and bright mind. Just time enough for me to imagine what a gift she would be as she began her professional career as a Speech Language Pathologist. I was so proud of her and so certain that she would bring joy to all the children she would serve and to their parents and to the other professionals who worked beside her. As I think about her husband and family...I can hardly let myself think about them because it is too painful.
In all the worlds of God, Alison I will try to trust that there is an important place for you because right now, here, there is a terrible hole. You are so loved.
Alison helping me create a video model for children with autism in a game that has been posted on You Tube since 2007 and watched by several thousand people on Autism Games.