I had received my autism diagnosis about 9 months before I met you. I remember it began with a message on Facebook asking if I wanted to join your support group. I had only really put out a handful of posts at the time but you saw me in one. You saw deep within my words someone that needed your support.
I must admit I was really scared to talk to you, thinking I pushed away all the people from my life. That it would cause pain by talking about it, letting my unmasked and caged self free.. I met you at a very vulnerable time. When I messaged, and you didn’t reply my head would go into overdrive. What did I say, was that offensive, did you understand me, will you reply?. You may be neurotypical but you speak autistic. You are my best friend, you were my knight in shining armour. Having your friendship and a conversation that I often didn’t know how to have, that changed my life.
I know that you will see this, I write it as I surround my mind by all the laughs we had. By the light you brought into my life and a best friend that I love for who you are. Your heart shines brightly, and it helped free me. Happy birthday bestie, I hope today brings happiness and joy to you. Makes you smile and feel loved. I will always appreciate you, have a wonderful day.
All our best and love
Ross Fraser and Jeni Dern
Words – Ross A Fraser
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