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I Am The Butt

Fall 2016

 Fall 2016

Welcome! Please let me take a moment to introduce myself……I am the Butt!

My name is Kim Ketcham. I am married to my wonderful husband Chris. Together, we have three children; Lacey, Alex, and Adam.  My kids keep me very busy. I absolutely love watching my daughter dance for her high school dance company. I also love watching my boys play baseball, soccer, basketball and doing Tae Kwon Do. We love living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and love our Chicago sports…especially the Blackhawks and the Cubs!

Being a mom to 3 kids is probably the most challenging and by far, the most rewarding job that I will ever have. However, throw a child with autism into the mix and life takes on an entirely new meaning. We have had many, many, MANY challenges with our youngest son Adam. There have been times when I didn’t know if I could muster up the energy to wake up and start all over again the next day. But on the flip side, raising a child with autism is pretty darn funny. I have learned how to look at the world through his eyes and I am really enjoying the journey!!

Kids with autism have many perseverations. I am sure that you have heard of kids getting hooked on trains, movies, music, various types of transportation, etc. They can talk hours and hours about their favorite topics. I however, got lucky enough to have a son with autism who takes an in-depth interest in my butt. He likes to remind me of the that infamous day, on May 4, 2014, when my butt caught his autism eye under a blue blanket. That was it…he was hooked.

Adam can talk for hours about my behind. He has nicknames for my butt, he loves to talk to my butt, he loves to pat it, pretend to tatoo it with some of his favorite train engine numbers. Ironically, he has found tomatoes in our garden in the shape of a butt. It would be all “butt talk” all the time, if I let him. We have strict rules in our house as to when and how much he can talk about my behind. In fact, his perseveration has become the “butt” of all of my friend’s jokes. My butt is so well-known all around town and I often wake up to text messages of funny pictures, tagged in “butt” posts on Facebook. I honestly never thought that I would be famous for my booty under these unique circumstances.

So now that you have a little background about me and the title of my blog, I hope that you visit often and enjoy reading my Tales from the Butt!

Mom's butt nicknames

I feel so loved…..

Butt nicknames...the revised addition

…oh, but there’s more! Luckily, I dodged the tatoo this summer!!

tomato butt1

This appeared in his beloved tomato garden in August!

butt pics#2

Found this in a garden center not too long ago and couldn’t resist!

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Kimberly Ketcham
Hello! I am excited and honored to be sharing my son's and my family's journey with Autism with you. Adam's journey to his diagnosis has been long and complicated. I spent over 5 years trying to convince his doctors that he has Autism. His diagnosis continues to evolve. Autism is funny. Autism can suck. One thing is certian. I can't change it. I decided a long time ago that I can look at my glass half empty or I can look at it half full. My glass is definitely full. Adam has taught all of us more than I could ever thought possible. Calling myself a writer was something that I never intended. My writing started by sharing excerpts of our life with my friends on Facebook. I quickly learned that although sharing Adam's stories was helping others, it was very therapeutic for me. I have a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology. I work as an Exercise Physiologist in Cardiopulmonary Rehab. I love my job. I love helping my patients return to living and loving their lives after they have been diagnosed with cardiac or pulmonary disease. I love talking to them and hearing their stories. I have learned so much from my patients. I truly believe in my heart that we are all here to share our stories for you honestly never know when your words will help someone. I'm thrilled to be here as a contributing writer on Master Stories. In addition, I contribute to The Mighty and Yahoo Parenting. I hope that you enjoy reading about Adam's and our family's journey with Autism. You can also follow me on my website talesfromthebutt.com or like my page on Facebook - Tales From the Butt - Our Family's Journey With Autism. I'd love to connect with you! Thank you for allowing me to share my story!

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