8 year old Maddie with Brittany.

8 year old Maddie with Brittany.

When the twins were born it became way too much for 1 person to handle. (It was actually way too much for 2 or 3 people to handle–for more on that go back to early stories I’ve written about it at this site.)┬áSo when I left town each week for my standup comedy shows, we hired a helper for Maddie who shadowed her for 6 to 8 hours on both of those days. You can’t just hire the junior high girl down the street to take care of someone like Maddie, they need to have some experience/knowledge working with a person with a developmental disability.

Over a 4 year period we had some great young women (and a couple not so great) who helped us with Maddie and became like another member of our families. We can never thank them enough, as it was a high-stress gig, in a high-stress area–the Warzone we called home at the time. Today we meet one of these people, a dynamic young woman named Brittany. She’s 1 of a kind and the planet is better for having her on it, even if she is vegan:)

  • Diana Weaver Oswald

    Maddie, you are SOOOO lucky to have a friend like Brittany!