Just joined this afternoon, looking forward to getting to know people xx
Hi welcome i am also new :) I joined tuesday but wanted to say hi!
Hey!! Thanks for your reply, are you enjoying this forum?
Its good to connect to other adults who have the condition. although im still finding my feet with everything.. hope you settle in well !
Hi cvulcano... and Turtle06!
Welcome. I hope you both like it here. It's a very supportive community, and the admins are really helpful if you have any problems at all. There are lots of people here, too, with a late diagnosis - so lots of experiences to share. I was diagnosed two years ago, aged 56! Never too late!
See you around.
Hi there - and hi everyone else! I have just this minute joined the site, having (at 45 years of age) been provisionally diagnosed as autistic. I have spent a lifetime in self-imposed isolation, and can no longer bear a life without intimacy and togetherness. At this stage things must either change or I must abbreviate my existence. Hopefully there's someone out there who might wish to help me find some meaning, perhaps even a little love?
Hi there Sarah. Just joined this morning....42 years old and also in this wonky box....!!! Reading about austism has made everything click in terms of my life choices and my anxiety about the world outside my head space. Has diagnosis helped you get the support you need?? Hope this community helps also x
Hi, thank you for your email. If you are looking for support and friendship, I would be very happy if we exchanged our respective 'wonky box' narratives. My experience of life has been akin to that of a long trek through a desert, albeit I was surrounded by people. I often marvelled when I saw those around me so effortlessly making friends, finding partners, and so at home in this world. I always felt shut out and unable to bridge the gulf separating me from others. This has not essentially changed since diagnosis. Knowledge does not necessarily set a person free, when all one desires is to experience those things that others take so much for granted. I always waited for someone to find their way into my isolation, but no one ever came. Perhaps there is hope for us 'wonky boxers' in offering comfort to one another, someone in our own parallel world, where we can do the things that regular people do - only within the remit of our own limitations and understand. Please do contact me (and let me know your name!). Sarah
Thank you for your reply. I will shuffle my wonky box next to yours.,,not too close....don't want to freak you out. Good to meet another female "wonker".... pssst....have you noticed that we seem all very academically capable but social muppets...! Isolation does hurt and especially so in a crowded room. :(
Very powerful statement re: diagnosis..."knowledge does not set us free".... the problem with living in a wonky box is there is not much space to fit a toolkit for life!
I'm Sam by the way. A 42 year old teacher if Computer Science. Finished my Masters this year....and I guess un-wonking myself has been a focus since....don't like a quiet brain, do we!!!
listen to Martian Tom also, he's very sweet and hepful
Hi. I joined just over a week ago to do some reading into other peoples experiences and its been a great help! Its great to have an output to say things and ask questions outside of a family environment!