Age 35, hometowns Iwaki, Japan (child) and Tampa Bay, Florida, USA (adult).
I'm a homemaker and a homeschooler, and it has its ups and downs, but I wouldn't change a thing.
I took psychiatric medication all through my three pregnancies, and all were born with no complications and fed with formulab and they are very healthy kids.
Things I’m proud of: Bachelor of Arts in English and happy marriage with 3 children, ages 0 - 5
I want those who are not autistic to know:
People with autism can change and grow.
What really has helped me: Finding Aspie friends, having close relationship with both Aspie parents, finding a listening ear, getting & giving advice. Also the book Living Well on the Spectrum by Valerie Gaus; studying the life and books of undiagnosed Aspie Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carrroll, author of Alice in Wonderland), and writing my own blogs and diaries.
I want those who are not autistic to know: The only reason you ought to change at all is to love God and family better. Make friends only with those on the spectrum, if you want. We understand for real. Never bother judging others - except for clear wrongdoing.
Signs that showed I was autistic:  Wanting to be alone, avoiding eye contact, bookworm, creativity, wild imagination, trouble with mood swings / emotions, just a few very close friendships, apparent rudeness, talking to myself (mumbling), picky about tastes & textures of food, sensitive to crowds and sounds, stressed easily, perfectionistic, tired every day, need extra sleep.
When I first was diagnosed I felt Disbelief - then acceptance with indifference. I was diagnosed at 18. Did not matter to me, but would have made life easeier for my parents, especially with them both also ASD and still without official diagnosis and their insurance won't pay for therapy. So, worse for them than for me. I excelled at school but ended up very lonely and isolated in teen years, as a native English-speaking, Caucasian American in Japan. Stress led to bipolar symptoms from age 13 through present.
Today I’m way happier knowing how to connect with people on both deep level and surface level