My memory is not something I would ever win an award for; but ironically enough, all of my motivation stems from a single memory that will forever be engraved in my mind. There I stood, in a tiny clinic in the USA, my husband Khalid by my side, my daughter Sara, who was but a child back then, sitting at my feet, my son Suhail lying on the only piece of furniture in the room and the Head of the Neurology Department standing in front of me.

My entire world stood still as he uttered the words “there is nothing you can do for your son.” to which I replied in my head “you do not know me”. The second I said those words was like I etched them in stone as a promise to my son & myself to do everything in my power to bring him back.. Suhail was diagnosed back then with “Autism”.

I began to do heavy research in many different directions. Saving Suhail was a goal with a complete conviction & a belief that I will succeed. In my mind there was no space for sorrow, fear or tears.

Part of my research was Organic food & the effect of toxicity on our brain. So I started cleaning our kitchen & changing our life style at home. As Suhail was overcoming many challenges with the help of our team & family members, I started helping other families with kids under the spectrum.. Sadly the certified organic & specialty products were not available in the market & I felt as if I would be doing something wrong if I did not provide it to help other kids in Jordan in order to make a breakthrough like Suhail did. And so, Juthour was born for other individuals can have a choice in life, their choice.

I am a designer by degree. But by leaving the design world, saving my son & founding Juthour my life became more rewarding than anything I could have ever envisioned. Watching my business grow and seeing how it changed some people’s lives was a beautiful journey.. The simple things that made a difference in my life are things I like to share with others . I will forever be in debt to those who supported and believed in me throughout this endeavor.

I Today Suhail is diagnosed with Aspergers, he is 21 years old, in his third year at “Emily Carr University of Art & Design” in Vancouver-Canada realizing his own dreams.

I hope others are awakening as well with the essential contribution Juthour provides.

Luma Khalaf