Monday, November 4, 2019

I am 27 almost 28 and I was born in Michigan but was a military kid so we moved a lot. I currently live with roommates in Florida USA. I am a shift supervisor at Starbucks and I love my job. It is the best. I love what I do. I have been with them for 5 years and am a certified coffee master through my company. Something someone might be surprised to know about me is that I also have epilepsy and I am adopted. How do I want to change the world? I would like to cure epilepsy.

Funny story about me: I am super gullible. So one time, my boss told me there was a pool on the roof and I believed him for two weeks until I realized it was sarcasm. He felt bad but I thought it was funny.
I wish non-autistics were aware that I have emotions. I care sooo deeply. I am human. I am not a freak and I am not trying to make anyone “uncomfortable” there is nothing I can do about this. I was born like this.

I want to tell fellow autistics that: It’s okay to be you. Don’t worry about pleasing other people.

I was not diagnosed until I was an adult and my parents didn’t really believe anything was wrong with me. But once we sat down and got diagnosed they were like “Oh that habit makes sense now…” etc. So I never got the help I needed in school or anything. I did pick up sign language and that helps for when I cannot communicate with the outside world. I have awesome understanding coworkers who get it.
How did I get diagnosed? I was curious after doing some research and unfortunately being in a mental health setting for self harm and suicidal tendencies. They made the diagnosis along with my psychiatrist I was seeing at the time. Once I was diagnosed I found it Scary. But it told me a lot about myself and why I do things the way I do. It was good and bad. Today how I feel about my autism is the same as before. I am just more aware of what's happening and able to calm down much faster now that I know what is going on.
It was hard to make friends and I was very lonely. I tried my best but it was also hard to get through school. I needed more time and help. Honestly, my friends and my job gets me through the day

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