The best description of Autism I ever heard went something like this: Symptoms are like toppings at an ice cream bar. There are many, they can be drastically different, and some ice cream scoops may not have a single topping in common. But as long as they have the toppings, they came from that bar, and as long as a person has a set of symptoms classified as Autistic, they’re Autistic.
The point of that metaphor is simple: No two people with Asperger’s or Autism will be exactly alike. I am one woman with Asperger’s Syndrome, professionally diagnosed when I was six, and my experience may not line up with yours, or with that of somebody you know. That’s okay. It doesn’t make their experience or mine any less real.
I’m going to update this blog once a week. I’ll write about my personal experience, both in interacting with my own diagnosis and in just living as a person with a set of symptoms and how that meshes with reality. If I do this well (and I’m hoping I do), you will find at least one thing worth reading. You will be entertained, or moved, and you may even learn something.
This blog is for everyone; for kids who have just been diagnosed, for those who are wondering if they have it and want to hear from somebody who’s been there, for the parents who love their kids but can’t imagine how they see the world.
I’m one person. I am not one-size-fits-all. But hopefully you’ll be able to take something away from this, even if it’s just a giggle at my cheesy, cheesy blog title.