#Me

 

Hello and welcome to Postcards from the edge of the Spectrum

In 2009, in my 40s, I learned that I was born with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Meaning that I am Autistic.

 

Since then I have been on a journey of discovery, revelation, acceptance and self-reconciliation.

I am writing this blog as part of my reconciliation process but also in the hope that others might learn and benefit from my experiences and perhaps my insights.

 

I am blogging anonymously to give me the freedom to explore and share my hard learned lessons without the constraints that personal or professional considerations would impose if I were blogging under my real name.

I would ask that anyone who is reading this who knows me, to please not use my real name or other identifying information in the comments or anywhere else.

 

It is my hope that this blog will help you to better understand your life journey with Autism, whether you are someone born on the Autism Spectrum or are in any other way touched by Autism.

It is also my hope that those reading whose lives do not seem to be touched by Autism, might benefit from a better understanding of neuro-diversity and our common humanity.

Autism

  • Always Unusual Totally Interesting Sometimes Mysterious
  • Different but not less!

 

It is estimated that 1 in 100 people are Autistic, perhaps as high as 1 in 88 according to recent figures released in the United States.

This means there are more than 70 million Autistic people on the planet, including me.

 

You are not alone.

Spectrum Scribe

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. autisticallybeautiful
    May 18, 2012 @ 20:52:52

    Hello! I look forward to reading your future blog posts 🙂

    Reply

  2. Asparagus Girl
    May 21, 2012 @ 19:40:37

    I learned that I had Asperger’s when I was in my 40s as well. I’d always known something was up, and had a huge clue at age 12 when I read an article about an autistic girl & recognized my own behaviour.
    Diagnosis was an eye-opener, that’s for sure. (Here’s my blog about diagnosis & “un-diagnosis” [DSM-V thing] if you’re interested.) http://aspergercafe.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/back-to-bitch-what-the-new-dsm-v-un-diagnosis-means-to-me/.
    Thanks for reading my blog, and I look forward to reading more of yours! 🙂
    A.G.

    Reply

  3. sensoryoverload2012
    May 25, 2012 @ 14:35:15

    I collect postcards.

    Reply

  4. Katherine O. Cooper
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 17:11:25

    So glad to stumble onto your blog, on twitter I think? In any case…Awesome blog title…looking forward to reading and learning, and passing your site onto others.

    ~ Kate

    Reply

  5. grndmachris
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 19:45:32

    My 21 year old step son is an Aspie, it’s refreshing to read your blog to see your side of things. Even though I live Asperger’s day in and day out, it is still helpful to see how you cope. Thank you for sharing such an intimate subject.

    Reply

  6. grndmachris
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 19:53:07

    I don’t want to appear nosey, please don’t think I am, it’s just that I’m really curious at to what your “obsession” is. My stepson’s is his playstation and it’s games. The boy is pretty much a savant with his games and he has the great ability to figure out just about anything on that gaming system…but he can’t remember to chew with his mouth closed. He also has a little OCD, I think that pretty much goes hand in hand for an Aspie. He is a wonderful person and I wouldn’t want him any other way.

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    • spectrumscribe
      Nov 20, 2012 @ 09:34:20

      I’ve had a lifelong obsession with information. There have been many informational special interests over the years, covering a wide range of subject matter.

      But I think movies have probably been my long standing special interest, which over the past few years has been focusing on movies that have an Autism theme or at least an aspect.

      I’ve written around 35 movie reviews to date, published as blog pages, with at least another 15 planned over the next few months.

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      • grndmachris
        Nov 20, 2012 @ 11:01:09

        That is a terrific obsession, I plan on trying to watch some from your list. I desperately want to help him thru life, and ever bit of helps. I hope you don’t mind, I may ask you other questions in the future, I find you the perfect person to help.Thank you for your reply.

  7. Angela
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 04:39:38

    In the spirit of all things awesome and chain letter, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award – you can check out the post here http://halfpastnormal.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/lazy-liebster-award/

    Reply

  8. Andrew Bromley
    May 06, 2013 @ 06:18:07

    This is an awesome page. Well done. See you in the Twittersphere.

    Reply

  9. Andrew Bromley
    May 06, 2013 @ 06:23:22

    I respect your need to be anon. I myself am still trying to work out where I fit onto the spectrum. Born with FASD diag with ADHD @10. After years of observing symp. it could be FASD/HFA/ARNDD???. Have symptoms of Aspergers but fit more into FAS. Writing a book & blog helps. Looking forward to exchanging thoughts & ideas with you.

    Reply

  10. Andrew Bromley
    May 06, 2013 @ 06:26:56

    PS. I have a host of other secondary disorders so, go figure. Apologies for the extra posts.

    Reply

  11. Lucy
    May 11, 2013 @ 23:53:24

    I am not alone.

    Reply

  12. Marilyn
    May 22, 2013 @ 13:39:53

    I am blogging for my daughter. The Rose. It is so much easier to share anonymously. Well done you for being so … You!

    Reply

  13. Alice
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 18:11:04

    Its very enlightening to read your words. thank you. I have come to realise that my husband have aspergers. We have been together for 16 years and this has come into our awareness in the last year. I am neurotypical and have felt we’ve lived our lives on seperate islands. We have both struggled and experienced mental anguish in the absence of a ‘functioning us’. I feeling the loss of a sense of ‘us’, my husband in a sense by not knowing what I meant by an ‘us’. I guess both of us have been imprisoned in a way with each other. Not through any fault or blame but just in terms our lack of understanding of what our respective handicaps were that impacted on both of us in different ways. I do not view aspergers as a disability nor do I view neurotypical a disability. The disabled part of this challenge is the ‘us’. Both us face separate and our own unique challenges when engaging with the world.

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