Community Comment from Gordon, aged 66, diagnosed when he was 60.
“So, you have been diagnosed as being on the Autistic Spectrum! Do you feel devastated? Do you wonder where you are going to go, now? Do you even feel that life as you know it has ended?
Well let us look at the last question first. Yes life will change but this should not be a bad thing. You should now be able to understand why you have done things the way you did. Take this understanding and develop it. Let the diagnosis be the point at which you improve because all of a sudden you should be able to see how ASC can direct your life.
Don’t let others dictate how you must live your life, instead sit down, look at what you have to do and work out how you are going to do it. The one thing about us Autistics is that we think outside of the box, something “normal” people have great difficulty in doing. This ability will ensure that your planning will get you further forward than if you had followed the path of the “norm”.
Always examine your thoughts, we are much cleverer than many people, possibly including yourself and your nearest and dearest, think, but introspection will provide you with the correct solutions and in less time than you would believe. Don’t just trust your thoughts, verify these ideas and move forward. If you let it happen you will find yourself in a much better place and able to go forward in life with greater confidence. I know this because I have done this myself, even during all the problems COVID-19 have brought me, and I have come out the other end able to try and help you through this letter.”
Thank you so much for sharing your voice and viewpoint Gordon.
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