Success Stories

Why do we at FASCETS feel so passionate about the work we do? Is it worth all the effort? What is at the heart of this work?    With a RESOUNDING YES, we believe it is all worth it when we get to witness the transformation of lives, when we get to see health and healing happen, where despair is changed to hope, where darkness is turned to light, or at least light at the end of the tunnel that makes it worth the journey, where “survival mode” is changed to celebration and embracing those around us with FA/NB.  And through the work of FASCETS we get to experience this, witness this, and be a part of this time and time again.  Here are some personal stories that share the power of our work.


From Darkness to Illumination

I remember, quite vividly, the time that I now refer to as the “Dark Ages.” While it certainly wasn’t constant “darkness” in the way you might imagine, it was a time of frequent and intense waves of anxiety, stress, concern, sadness, grief, and confusion for me as a parent.

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Learning to make accommodations

"We were blindsided by the diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. As naive adoptive parents of a 10 year old, we thought our son would have the same types of child struggles that neurotypical children had, and we were well equipped to help navigate those issues..."

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Client realizes she has lived with FASD her whole life

"I actually sent the link of the video Diane showed us [Recovering Hope - Mothers Speak Out About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders] to a parent of one of my clients for her to watch. As she watched the video, she began to realize that she has lived with FASD her whole life unknowingly..."

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Sandra’s Story

Sandra is a 65-year-old woman whose husband (65 years) and son (26 years) both have the diagnosis of Asperger’s.  Sandra signed up for a 10-week course given at a seminary in Costa Rica using FASCETS material in San Jose, Costa Rica.  She is retired and just thought the course sounded interesting... 

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Teacher shares a new approach with her students

"I attended both the three day and two day workshops with Diane almost 12 years ago.  Her information and training helped to change my approach in working with children and families..." 

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Rosibel’s Story

Rosibel is a 55-year-old woman who lives in Costa Rica, a professional in special education.  She and her husband have been married for 35 years although their marriage has  always been a struggle...

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