I was diagnosed yesterday. Today I have been thinking about things that have happened to me or that I have done in the new knowledge of my diagnosis. It's very odd. I was surprised to be diagnosed. I asked if I was borderline but they looked horrified and said that I was 100%, no doubt classic autism.
I'd like to say hello to people on here. Hello.
Procrastinator said:Is it possible to rethink yourself at 43?
Is it possible to rethink yourself at 43?
Yes, I think so. I got diagnosed at 56 and am busy working out what to do with my future. A big part of diagnosis is understanding what makes you tick and why we struggled to understand the world and why the world struggles to understand us. I have learnt masses of stuff since diagnosis and now understand things a whole lot better.
I'm curious. What would you regard as the most important things you have learnt since diagnosis?
1 - That I'm not 'broken', this is the way I am supposed to be.
2 - That it's okay to be me.
3 - That plenty of other people are like me!
4 - That I don't have M.E / C.F.S. (that diagnosis never did feel right to me) but I do often get social exhaustion and become overloaded, and that's fine because I can now learn how to limit and / or deal with that.
5 - That a diagnosis of HFA is synonymous with above average intelligence (smug smile).
6 - That I've still got a lot to learn about myself and autism.
I think I'll start a new thread on that number four :-) I am curious.
1 - I'm still working on not feeling like that. I am very much grieving for all the lost time and opportunities that won't come back. Whilst I should just focus on gratefulness.2 - Well, I'm trying to be okay with it. The thing is I believe I become annoying if I don't correct myself3 - Yes, well that is very amazing, it is fun coming to this forum, and revel in the sense of belonging!4- Well, I started a new thread for that one.5- Hee Hee :-) 6 - Hell yes. I trust I'll be clued up by the time I am 86.