The following letter (addressee's name edited by me to protect that person's privacy) was sent to a long time New Brunswick autism advocate by Autism Society Canada Executive Director Kathleen Provost. It tells the story of Susan, the devoted mother of an autistic child who struggled for years to obtain services and a positive life for her child with autism, and who ultimately took her own life. The letter tells of the enormous challenges faced by Susan and the toll those challenges took on her. Kathleen Provost of the ASC disagrees with those who say that autism is not a deadly disorder. Susan's story is evidence of the strong challenges faced by those with severe autism challenges and the family members who care for them.