i’m from Charleston, West Virginia, USA and I’m 35 years old.
In my opinion, my biggest accomplishment thus far is being a mother to a son who also has autism and also becoming a psychiatric nurse.
I wished neurotypicals understood that people with autism are just differently wired and we’re not mentally disabled.
I grew up in a small town in the 80s-90s. There really wasn’t any resources. I also wasn’t diagnosed until I was 30.
I would tell others who are on the spectrum to just be yourself and not to worry as much about what other people think.
I wasn’t diagnosed until my son was diagnosed. When he was diagnosed with autism it all made sense to me and everyone who is close to me. I did have a physician tell my parents when I was around 6 years old that I was a highly sensitive child. I had a lot of sensory issues and was extremely socially awkward as a child.
When I received my diagnoses I felt relief and everything finally made sense after all those years wondering why I felt like an alien. I always knew that I was different growing up and the older I got the more autistic I seemed, but in my opinion, that is due to not masking as much as I did when I was a child/teen. I do think not having the diagnoses for so long made things more difficult because my parents really didn’t know what I was experiencing and often times I would get in trouble for things I really couldn’t help, such as stimming when I was supposed to be quiet or setting still. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a thing about having autism. I fully embrace it! 😊