I'm a single mom located in Oklahoma. I live with my daughter and my collection of furry and feathery companions. I have a dog, cat, rabbit, 2 cockatiels, and a parakeet.
I've always had a drive to be an entrepreneur and to help others. Being an Aspie never made that very easy. I lived most of my life knowing that I was different somehow, but never knowing or understanding why or what to do about it.
When I was diagnosed in 2015, I was 29 years old. For me, the diagnosis was a blessing. I finally had an explanation for why I was struggling so much with things and had been for my entire life.
I used to struggle with severe anxiety, depression, loneliness, and selective mutism. I didn't have any friends and I kept to myself pretty much all the time. Even saying a simple hello to my co-workers was impossible for me.
When I was diagnosed, I was told it's incurable and there's no treatments. She said my only option was to cope.
I wanted my life to change, so I began analyzing the problems to figure out what I could do to address the issues. It's taken me over 3 years to get to where I am.
I'm able to talk to others more, maintain eye contact for much longer, I have even done some public speaking. I have friends and I am generally well liked. I can greet my co-workers and I am better able to approach people.
To get to this point, it's taken a lot of research, practice, and dedication to trying to change. I've had to push myself outside of my comfort zone and put forth a lot effort to overcome the anxiety.
It's been a long journey, but one that was well worth the trip.