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Willow

A very well written, moving text A-S warrior :)

I too found my way to where you are today, moslty through being bullied. I hated it, but like you, needed it to become better (even though at the time, it felt like it would never get better).

Thanks for sharing!

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LukeSmith

I was diagnosed 3 months ago and i am 23, i always new i was different but avoided looking into the issue until lately due to not wanting to get labeled with anything that made me not 'normal' but by avoiding the issue i am now more secluded than ever before as the older i got the more i struggled to cope, luckily for me i have a very supportive long term partner so hope to work on a lot of my issues and have some improvement soon.

 

Also well done Willow nice to see this forum finally up and running, i follow you on you tube you and Chris are great!

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Heather
@squeeker Hmm, the only 'games' I played were ones where I was teacher and I would do spelling tests and what not. I did mimick real things, I never really played in a way that couldn't happen in real life.

 

My first school was split into two sites at different ends of my village, so for 3 years you were in the lower building and then I think 4 years in the upper building. Switching to the upper was difficult because it pretty much meant never seeing my teachers from the lower school again. Then after that I went to secondary school which lasts 5 years, but I had to leave after 2 and go to a different school because of bullying, but then I got bullied at my new school and left after about 6 months - mostly because they had a new building built for them and I didn't like the new one at all - the change was too much for me to handle on top of the bullies.

I remember playing games where I was a teacher.. it was cool because my dad worked at our church and got one of their old blackboards to use and we got chalk and could do it pretty well.  I know I also remember trying to make the overhead projector work with a flashlight and some kind of clear plastic I could find.. it didn't work really good, I never had good plastic sheets.  I can't remember now if I got it to sort of work.. 

And that is a lot of change, I can see how it would be hard for someone with AS. 

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Heather
Here's my story, A warrior's tale.

Very nice story, it's great to read how you dealt with your struggles and overcame them :)

 

I was diagnosed 3 months ago and i am 23, i always new i was different but avoided looking into the issue until lately due to not wanting to get labeled with anything that made me not 'normal' but by avoiding the issue i am now more secluded than ever before as the older i got the more i struggled to cope, luckily for me i have a very supportive long term partner so hope to work on a lot of my issues and have some improvement soon.

 

Also well done Willow nice to see this forum finally up and running, i follow you on you tube you and Chris are great!

That is great to read, it is great to have a supportive long term partner to help with the issues.  :)

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Willow
I was diagnosed 3 months ago and i am 23, i always new i was different but avoided looking into the issue until lately due to not wanting to get labeled with anything that made me not 'normal' but by avoiding the issue i am now more secluded than ever before as the older i got the more i struggled to cope, luckily for me i have a very supportive long term partner so hope to work on a lot of my issues and have some improvement soon.

 

Also well done Willow nice to see this forum finally up and running, i follow you on you tube you and Chris are great!

I'm glad you have someone to help you through it. I have my fiancé and it makes everything a lot easier :)

Thanks for following us on Youtube :D

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I was diagnosed at 17. Aspergers is something I never really considered until I met Willow, but looking back on my life it just makes so much... sense!

 

I don't regret being diagnosed so 'late'. I think growing up assuming you're just 'normal' forces you to cope rather than be tempted to fall back on Aspergers for anything that's gone wrong socially.

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Willow

I do agree, that one of the (only) benefits of a late diagnosis is being forced to grow and push boundaries, rather than being able to fall back on Aspergers as an excuse, which must be tempting sometimes with an early diagnosis.

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I do agree, that one of the (only) benefits of a late diagnosis is being forced to grow and push boundaries, rather than being able to fall back on Aspergers as an excuse, which must be tempting sometimes with an early diagnosis.

As long as you, or someone else, doesn't push you too hard (i.e. more than you can handle)! I feel like I was pushed too hard by my school, parents, friends, myself etc. and that's what led me to a mental breakdown, after which I wasn't able to attend school...So I think it's important to find a balance between pushing yourself, and not pushing too hard...And if there is something you can't do, it's OK to use Asperger's as an "exscuse" or reason.

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Sofi

I was diagnosed with high functioning autism when I was 4 years old. 

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