The short and simple answer is: ‘Because I am a girl’, but as this is a blog post, I will elaborate on this further! A few years ago, my Mum let me watch a video of myself as a baby. In the video I start from the age of 11 months and it finishes just… Continue reading The reason my autism wasn’t diagnosed for 19 years!
Recently I have read several articles about autism in which the writer, who often has an autistic child of their own, criticizes people putting higher functioning autistic people in television shows. They use words like ‘mild’, ‘not real autism’ and most recently ‘glamorous’. While I appreciate that my experience differs from a lot of people… Continue reading My autism is not glamorous
Self esteem. Everyone has it. Some people have a high self esteem and others, including myself have low self esteem. You may not even recognise a person with low self esteem because we try to hide it. But it wasn’t always this way… I have Tourette syndrome with accompanying ADHD and learning difficulties but I… Continue reading The self esteem problem
Having Ehlers-Danlos syndrome-HT I am used to having a lot of health problems around my stomach, so it was not too surprising when, last year after a stressful event, I lost my appetite. Initially I just put it down to stress, but after day 3 or 4 of being barely able to eat and snacking… Continue reading Living with gastritis
Today I had a meltdown. Today’s meltdown wasn’t as dramatic to witness as the meltdowns I have suffered in the past, but nevertheless it was hard for both me and my carer. She struggled to understand what it was like for me so I tried to explain. I said it’s a bit like a bottle… Continue reading Inside a meltdown
After many years of suffering from severe OCD, depression and anxiety, I decided to take the plunge and start taking medication. I was 17 years old. The SSRI (which shall remain anonymous) improved my mental health but caused me to develop severe indigestion and IBS symptoms. I was given an anti-spasmodic for the IBS and… Continue reading When your medication makes you ill
I never really thought about it, but recently it hit me hard. It all started with a debate on a Facebook page about something called ‘ableism’. I learnt the following things; I don’t understand the meaning of the term ableism and it is a sharp, red word that makes me dizzy and nauseous… Wait, what!?… Continue reading Sticks and stones may break my bones but words… really hurt me!