Hi everyone. I hope you’re having a wonderful week.
This week I wanted to talk about why anytime someone on Twitter comes out and says that they were just diagnosed autistic, I always, if I see that, make a point to either comment or retweet a congratulations, and I want to tell you why.
You know, some people might think this is kind of funny because generally when someone gets a medically diagnosis you would not publicly congratulate them (except for maybe pregnancy.) There’s not a lot of circumstances where you would congratulate someone for a “medical” diagnosis. But for me, when I was first diagnosed autistic – it’s been a few years back now – but as an adult in my late 20s, it was for me almost a bit like a birthday. It was the start, a beginning of a new journey, reviewing my past experiences, and even my life moving forward with new and fresh eyes.
It was like everyone else had the instruction manual for life handed to them and I was missing mine, and mine seemed to have different information and pages than everyone else’s. And someone finally gave me my manual. I finally have my handbook that just kind of explains everything about me and a lot of the questions that I’ve been answering. When you have a vehicle, like we have this RV, we have this giant book that you get out any time you need to know how to fix something or troubleshoot. And really for me, that autistic diagnosis was my diagnostic manual to troubleshoot myself.
The beginning of that self-discovery journey and re-learning who I am through that new lens was something that for me was very powerful. It can also be information that can be really shocking and shake someone up, and when they try to come out and try to share this, if they are met with negativity and people meet them and it’s different – it’s not happy and accepting – people are just beaten down, and it’s starting off in a bad mindset. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing; it can be very empowering depending on what you do with the information. That’s why, whenever I see someone who has recently been diagnosed, I always do say “Congratulations” because I mean it. I really do mean it. I hope that the diagnosis and the information is something that empowers them as they continue with their life moving forward with fresh eyes.
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