The Warner Boys: Our Family's Story of Autism and Hope

The Warner Boys: Our Family's Story of Autism and Hope


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An emotional, revealing memoir of one family’s life in seclusion—and the love, strength, and faith it took to save it.

Seahawks star running back Curt Warner and his wife, Ana, were prominent figures in Seattle in the early 1990s. When they dropped from the public eye after Curt’s retirement, everyone assumed it was for a simpler life. But the reality behind their seclusion was a secret they hid from even their closest friends: their twins, Austin and Christian, had been diagnosed with severe autism. What followed was a painful struggle to hold their family and their marriage together in a home filled with chaos, emotional exhaustion, and constant fear for the safety of their unpredictable but beloved boys.

Now, after years of silence, the Warners share their inspiring journey from stardom and success to heartbreaking self-imposed isolation. Above all, it’s a story of the life-changing truth that love for family and each other—no matter how challenged—is the path to healing and peace.

The Warner Boys is the true story of a family who fought for their children and how they grew stronger against all odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503900561
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 887,534
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Curt Warner is an honors graduate in communication, a two-time All-American at Penn State, a 2009 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, and a former All-Pro running back for the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. A three-time Pro Bowler, Warner was inducted into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor in 1994.

Ana Warner has dedicated her life to the care of her family and the study and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Both she and her husband have served as keynote speakers at the National Autism Conference at Penn State and the Texas Autism Conference in San Antonio. The Warner Boys is their first book.

Dave Boling is an award-winning sports columnist and former reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune. He is the author of two novels, Guernica and The Lost History of Stars.

Table of Contents

Authors' Note xiii

Chapter 1 The Diagnosis 1

Chapter 2 Coal Country to the NFL 11

Chapter 3 On Bended Knee 27

Chapter 4 Ryan Warner Never Cried 36

Chapter 5 The Warner Boys 45

Chapter 6 Now What? 52

Chapter 7 Fighting Back 59

Chapter 8 Our Own Private Island 69

Chapter 9 Ending It 79

Chapter 10 Puberty Was a Nightmare 84

Chapter 11 She's One Tough Cookie 91

Chapter 12 The blouse Is on Fire 96

Chapter 13 When the Smoke Cleared 106

Chapter 14 Big Brother 113

Chapter 15 A Light in the Dark 117

Chapter 16 Finding Our Way 121

Chapter 17 Trials and Errors 130

Chapter 18 The Costs 136

Chapter 19 Accentuating the Positives 141

Chapter 20 Tested by Fire 148

Chapter 21 Austin and Christian as Young Men 155

Chapter 22 Warners at Work 160

Chapter 23 Recovery and Controversy 164

Chapter 24 The Nest Chapter 173

Chapter 25 You Are Not Alone 176

Acknowledgments 183

About the Authors 187

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