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      Case Study: Cheryl

What is autism to me…

It took me a while to write this because Autism can be described as many different things but in reality, it is hard to truly define autism perfectly for everyone or even for myself at times, I might describe it differently on different days.  

Autism will probably never mean the same thing to me because it depends on what perspective I’m coming from, mother, professional, friend or me!

Autism to me is:
seeing and feeling the world differently
being beautifully honest and kind
supporting and fighting for those I love
difficult times and good memories
having empathy and compassion
having no voice to having my voice heard
being misunderstood and being accepted
sleepless nights and moments of unconditional love
quiet times and doing my favourite things
trying to figure things out that are supposed to be easy
not fitting the stereotype but having the diagnosis
confusion and clarity
wearing the mask and hiding who I am
taking the mask off and being proud of me!

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