Cameron Shares About True Friendship

Last Friday, as the boys were headed back to Dallas from their 4th annual New Year’s trip, a dear friend sent the Moms this photo with a message about how much she enjoys spending time ringing in the new year with our boys each year.  She and her husband have opened up their home for them to attend the last four years.  Their time together is packed with lots of, laughs,  hikes, fishing, Frisbee golf, air soft wars and fireworks and of course good food.



Before the holidays, Cameron and I worked on several scholarships together.  Depending on the scholarship, an essay or question was required for him to write about. One question was on friendship and seemed so fitting to share after their week together. Here is what Cameron shared on the impact of true friendship.

I found my true friends at the age of 12.  These three have been by my side nonstop. The value of true friends is knowing they are there regardless what life brings your way.  Knowing you have their trust too. They have guided me through life’s challenges and offered advice along the way.  When you experience this kind of friendship, you will know because it’s a feeling like nothing you have ever had. My friends have been there for me with no judgement. We have different interests, but all have one thing in common which is caring for each other. We all will head off to different colleges next year, but true friends are always together in spirit.

Before Cameron left out on his trip he informed me that one day,  it would not surprise him if his friends start bringing their families all together on this annual trip in the years to come!


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Bio My name is Shelley Neustupa. I am a mother of two cool boys and a wife of 22 years to my high school sweetheart. My oldest son attends the University of Oklahoma. Boomer! My youngest is in 2nd grade and was diagnosed with Autism and Mixed Receptive Expressive Disorder at age 2. Since his diagnosis, I promised him I would advocate and educate as hard as he works each day in therapy. I began writing and have been able to touch many parents that may be new to this journey providing them with actual experiences (not candy coated), support and resources through my entries. Writing is my therapy and my hope one day that my nonverbal son will be able to take these diaries and speak about his own journey and how autism relates to his own experiences. Who knows he and his older brother may become National Speaker’s one day? Come along on our journey to better understand our lives through the eyes of a boy with autism, his Skilled Companion dog Jude, his big brother (and best friend) and mom and dad. My raw vulnerability captures the everyday moments of our journey and will bring even more awareness. A week does not go by where we do not learn something new about ourselves and I want to share these chapters with you. My Sons Undeniable Strengths… Extremely smart and figures out things quickly. Has a memory that allows him to remember more things than I could ever hope for. Persuasive by his personality and sheepish looks. Overabundance of stamina and strength. Loves the outdoors. Enjoys life and always has fun with an unforgettable smile. You can find us here: Writer: Autism Through His Eyes Facebook Instagram YouTube Pinterest Canine Companions for Independence News Interview Cody and Skilled Companion Jude - Our Story

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