I am a mother, wife, friend, daughter, sister, cousin, organiser, cleaner, educator, business owner and part time slave (or so my children seem to think). I also have Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. I am a Texas girl, living in a British world and have been for 19 years.
I was diagnosed late in life (age 37); in fact I got my official documents not 7 days before our youngest son, who is 6 years old, got his official multi-disciplinary diagnosis for having Autism, who is also mid-assessment(as of Nov 2015) for Tourette’s Syndrome and ADHD. This was then followed by my husband, getting an Autism (AS) 9 months later and our eldest son, who is 10, 4 months later, who already had an existing Tourette’s Syndrome diagnosis. So, to say we live and breathe Autism in our home is a bit of an understatement.
I am also the main person in charge of our Home Education plan for our boys as we have chosen to remove them from main stream education due to failure of the education system here in the UK. I also run our business from home along with all the other duties of running a workable household.
Our lives are busy, exciting, exhausting, which is full of discovery, adjustments, compromise, love and experiences. I hope that by raising awareness and more importantly acceptance that we will show others all that we can achieve. Our hope is to show that our Autism doesn’t limit us; it only means we have to discover and make a different and new path than your average Joe. It means we can have a life full of love, laughter, meaningful relationships and learning, being part of the community and society that includes us and not excludes us. We want people to see the beauty in our differences rather than crush our dreams with prejudices. We all deserve a chance to live the life we want to lead.
I am a dad, husband, son… Ok, I will not be lazy and surreptitiously plagiarise Jennifer’s post above. My story is similar but the detail is a little more complex.
I was also diagnosed with all my issues in the last few years. Despite this, from the age of only 3 years old, I was aware of certain things that I did that were not quite “normal”. I always had the feeling that something was not quite right. The list of my diagnosed conditions are numerous as you will see below.
- Tourettes Syndrome (Symptoms started at the age of 3).
- Aspergers Syndrome (ASD / Autism).
- Bipolar (Massive highs / mania, which are amazing, followed by acute depression which can last for months).
- ADHD (Yes, it does exist, believe me!).
- ODD (Oppositional Defiant disorder. Who likes to be told what to do?).
- CD (Conduct Disorder, see ODD above).
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which consumes everything I do).
This website is all about awareness and acceptance regarding Autism and for us to share our life experiences, struggles, coping strategies, our creativity, talents and most importantly, reaching out to people affected by similar disorders. We do not have a “disease”, there is no cure despite what you may have read. We celebrate being different and are thankful for seeing life from a different perspective and being in our own little perfect world full of detail, logic and in my case, thousands of useless facts. On the plus side, I can fix any electrical appliance that breaks down in our house. Just because we are different, some may say “better”, doesn’t mean that we are limited in our abilities. We all have ambitions in life and there is nothing in this world to stop us reaching and even exceeding them.
For me, writing about this is very therapeutic. For the first time in my life I am opening up about my life and how my conditions affect me, both good and bad. At present, only a few people know about my issues but going public and writing about my life feels liberating.
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