Helping a Young Man by Discovering an Underlying Illness

Grafton Executive Vice President, Kim Sanders, reflects back on a favorite – and very moving – client story from her years at the organization.

A young man came to Grafton’s Berryville campus. Upon arriving, he immediately went and got into bed, covered up his head, and wouldn’t talk to anyone. The psychiatrist on staff evaluated this client and, within no time, said, “We need to get him to the hospital.” After being taken to the hospital, it was determined that he had leukemia.

“And so, this was a young man who came to us…He had autism, but that everyone was seeing uncooperative and defiant behavior was because he was worn out. The leukemia had been sort of taking over his body.”

Hear more about this powerful story, as Kim retells it in her own words.