I’m Breanna Brown, and I’m 27 years old. I was diagnosed with autism when I was 17. While I was growing up, I had no resources to help me. I learned social cues by watching TV and movies, in addition to observing other people. In Fall 2008, my senior year of high school, I had stumbled upon a book about Asperger Syndrome, and I realized… that’s me! My parents had sent me for a neurological test, but did not tell me what it was for. I was so focused on my homework and competitive marching band that I never thought to ask, either! Turns out, they didn’t want me to worry about it if I didn’t end up getting diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, which I understood.
I remember being asked to bring my favorite item to the test. I’m a total bookworm, so I picked the first Harry Potter book. I always knew something was different about me, because I would talk to myself, and sometimes completely freeze up around others. I wasn’t always sure when to stop talking, either.
I was bullied at times, sometimes laughed at, sometimes ignored. I remember crying over small things that I knew weren’t important (I still do, of course). Every day, I would think, what the heck is wrong with me?, but putting a name to it helped me understand I wasn’t broken, I have a lifelong condition. While my condition might hold me back sometimes, it allows me to see what matters. I’d rather have one meaningful friendship than several friends who only pretend to like me. As for romance, I don’t mind being single until I meet the right man. I really dislike online dating.
I put my heart and soul into what I’m passionate about: I’m a supportive family member and Christian, and I love reading, writing, and music. I love writing so much that I’ve spent seven years on and off writing my debut novel. When it releases, I hope others will be influenced by it.
This year, I started a blog called The Aspie Realm. You can follow me on Facebook or Twitter. I post about many things related to autism and my experiences. My goal is to be a positive influence on other autistic people as well as a resource for our neurotypical loved ones. If autism affects your life in some way, don’t be ashamed of it. God made you special for a reason. Be proud!!!