Butterflies and Second Chances

Annette Hines

The world Annette Hines knew exploded when her infant daughter Elizabeth was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease—a degenerative, life-limiting illness. Annette’s joy quickly turned to apprehension and she knew nothing would ever be the same again.

Butterflies and Second Chances is the inspiring true story of a mother’s special needs journey, and her struggle to secure the best possible life for her child in the face of bureaucratic resistance and marital crisis. It is a story of sacrifice, dedication, and the life-altering adjustments a special needs parent has to make when confronted with the unthinkable. But most of all, it’s about love and an extraordinary mother-daughter relationship that flourished without words in the darkest shadows of adversity.

Annette and Elizabeth’s powerful story provides hope, solace, and a path forward for parents of special needs children, and it will resonate with families everywhere.

Press & Praise

Leo V. Sarkissian, executive director, The Arc of Massachusetts

"Much of my learning in my work has come from families and the stories they have shared with me. Annette's story of caring and loss will help you in your journey, whether family or friend."

Janice A. Forgays, Esq., counsel, PRW Wealth Management, LLC

"This true story is raw, challenging, and ultimately joyous. It is the story of the circle of life and the buoyancy of one amazing mother's spirit in the face of insurmountable challenges. I did not want the book to end--it left me wanting to know what happens next in the lives of Annette and her family."

Hy Darling, immediate past president, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

"Annette's unique and caring ability to provide her personal story is inspiring and inspirational, told not only as a mother, but also as an advocate for persons with special needs."

Annette Hines

Annette Hines is a founding partner of the Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts. She brings personal experience to her practice as the mother of two daughters, one of whom passed away from mitochondrial disease in 2013. This deep, personal understanding of special needs fuels her passion for quality special needs planning and advocacy and drives her dedication to the practice. Recognized as a Distinguished Citizen by ARC Massachusetts and cited for public service by both the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives, Ms. Hines works tirelessly on behalf of people with disabilities.

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