Treasure Valley blogger's national impact felt here at home: Nampa mother opens up about struggles with her developmentally disabled son
Eric Fink reports Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
"There is always a constant fear of what today is going to bring," Nampa's Holle Litz said.
Litz's son Craig, 20, is developmentally disabled. Craig's also non-verbal. 18 years ago he was diagnosed with a form of autism.
According to his mother, many days, Craig, has an innocent smile on his face. But, it's the young man's tendency to have violent outbursts that terrifies Holle.
"When he's in a rage," Holle said, "Craig begins to hit, he'll spit, he'll kick, he has broken windows, he has punched holes in walls. He is so enraged and so out of control, you just have to hang on and let it run it's course. "He is in a whole other world, it is beyond scary."
Holle says an institutionalized setting would not benefit her son.
This mom felt alone and helpless until she read about another mother's struggles.
Holle saw Treasure Valley mom Liza Long's blog post about dealing with her son's developmental disabilities. Holle felt comforted. She is grateful a fellow mother made her battle public.
"Maybe she's [Liza] that first person to speak up for change," Litz pondered. "And, hopefully, more of us will step up and we'll join our voices together and find answers and prevent something else from happening that's a tragedy."