They say a picture is worth a thousand words..
Having a late diagnosis of autism can be crucial and so important to understanding yourself. At the same time it leaves so many unanswered questions, especially whilst you are still trying to process it all.
The traumatic memories which you masked from as a child resurface – which is only inevitable as you revisit your past to make sense of it all. But it’s hard not to feel angry and hurt that no one noticed the signs when they were so clear. Back then, the understanding of autism just wasn’t the best, and that’s something we have to come to terms with.
I have a 6-year-old son, and the thought of him or any other child having to go through life dealing with these issues breaks my heart. I’m still dealing with them myself, and it’s a constant struggle. That’s why I’m so passionate about raising awareness of neurodivergent conditions, especially autism. We need to create a world where everyone understands and accepts these differences, so that no one has to face these challenges alone.