The Slamming Door: Bone Cancer, Asperger's, and Loss

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Lulu.com, Apr 14, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 654 pages
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The Slamming Door is a true story. In September of 2008, Clarisse N. Renard was asked to move in with her cousin-in-law, who had just been diagnosed with bone cancer...by his daughter, Berta. Find out how an Aspie who has learned social skills by rote, one who has earned respectable academic credentials but does not function well in many work environments, navigates a labyrinth of death, dying and loss, and how she copes with anxiety induced by travel and changes in her environment, and how she slowly, painstakingly comes to recognize the signs of hostility around her while making no apology for who she is. Read on to find out how an articulate and meticulous Aspie dealt with all of these problems and situations, and how she viewed it all. There is nothing wrong with those who are different. The problem is those who won't accept or respect them. The memoir includes photographs of points of interest in Manhattan, and other items of interest.
 

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Contents

A Travesty of Luck1
1
Getting There
15
Settling In
20
Berta32
32
The Goddaughter and Other Neighbors
45
Chelsea Shopping and a Celebrity
56
At MoMA with Albert and June
74
The Rock Star of the Henry George School
78
Enjoying Life Until He Cant
362
Helping Alissa380
380
Letterman and the Morgan Library 390 Leila and an Air Conditioner
390
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401
About His Papers410
410
Uncle Damon Dieson Damons Birthday
414
CraigsList and Calligraphy418
418
Vianne Visits431
431

Alissa Art Galleries and June
87
Signing Up for the Process of Misery
92
The PageTorn Salon for the Arts
107
DianeDionne the Split Personality
111
Chemotherapy
120
Dr Leonardi Invites Me Out
141
Computing Even When It Didnt Compute
152
Dead Boiler to TriBeCa162
162
Halloween in Chelsea
173
Obama Obama Obama
182
Cassie Visits I Like Her
189
TV and TakeOut191
191
Aspergers Bones and MeNot That I Knew200
200
Damon Visits
208
More Poison214
214
Bryns Last Birthday Party222
222
Thanksgiving in a Brooklyn Brownstone 228 The Big Apple Circus244
244
the Final Set
279
Twilightand Milkshake Time314
314
Valentines Day Visit
337
A Double Birthday Party
340
At Desmonds Tavern Again After All 346 Blood Transfusionwith Toby Talking Boner Pills 348 Mommy Visits350
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350
La Chatte Nikita
353
Hospice and His Papers Again
441
20th Precinct Business Cards
459
Wedding Anniversaryand Bryns Leg Swells
466
Moonwalking with a Cane
476
July Birthdaysbut the Partys Over
477
Alena Visits
500
Walden
503
Moving Furniture Berta Freaks Out
506
Bombshells and Teddy Bears524
524
That SoninLaw
532
Anxiety and Cleaning
539
Bertas Meltdown
545
Being Sent Homeand Seeing the Movie Adam
555
Packing Shopping and More Packing
571
A Foley Catheter
577
A GoodBye Party
589
Home Again
593
Bryn Died598
598
Not My Family The Door Has Been Slammed 634 68 My Home Feels Like Home Now635
599
Aspie and Proud of It
603
Memorial Service Plans
608
Blocked
610
Glowing Letters621
621
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