Ms. Colin began to keep a journal of daily events and her reactions to them early in the development of her son Willie. Her love, care, and compassion for this challenging child are evident in Willie. She details her attempts to write a novel while Willie was an infant and her frustration with this creative challenge because of her child's illness and the time and attention necessary to attend doctors' appointments with him and then to help "work" with Willie in his therapy. Ms. Colin recounts the challenges she, her husband, Willie, and her second young son faced as they made the rounds from psychiatrist to psychologist to neurologist to psychologist to psychiatrist seeking a correct diagnosis and treatment plan for Willie. She documents the sensitivities and insensitivities of the professionals involved in Willie's treatment. Ms. Colin does not spare herself when she describes ignorance and insensitivity. However, the trials and travails of diagnosis and treatment represented a marathon that ended with a therapeutic triumph. The child who screams, kicks, yells, and hits, who is frustrated, easily distracted, and overly excitable, ultimately responds to the parental care and attention lavished on him, a successful therapeutic process, and an understanding school.