I’m a mother raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome. My son’s diagnosis opened up new insight into the struggles in my life – I’d grown up with undiagnosed Asperger’s. I’d felt defective because I knew I was ‘different.’
Now it made sense why my husband was my only boyfriend, why I connected with animals more than people and why I struggled in the workplace . I’ve been fired because I didn’t ‘fit’.
I’m a survivor. I battled with depression and a pain disorder for years before finally learning I had food intolerances including celiac disease. Food sensitivities triggered screaming tantrums in Xavier.
If we didn’t have Xavier, I doubt I would have ever learnt that I have Asperger’s (I’ve learnt to compensate and pass as relatively normal which is exhausting). Also, because of Xavier’s behavioural problems such as rage meltdowns, I investigated diet triggers which led me to discover the reason for my years of chronic health problems – food sensitivities.
I’m well read and being an analytical thinker, come up with my own theories based on my observations. I don’t always agree with the ‘experts.’
Writing is therapeutic and a creative outlet. I’ve been encouraged to start this website after positive feedback from articles I wrote about Aspergers test.
It helps to know we’re not alone. Every person’s journey is different, yet many will identify with our journey – our frustrations, amusing moments and insights.
I will be adding extra pages, so keep in touch.