So here it is, my very first blog post!
I am a middle aged female doctor, wife, and mother of primary school-aged children and I am autistic.
Reading a friend’s new blog gave me the kick up the backside I needed to start to get my (somewhat chaotic) thoughts on paper (or rather on screen!) So here I am, a few clicks later!
I have just been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum after a whole life of feeling alien to this predominantly neurotypical world, and I finally feel like I am beginning to understand myself and feel more comfortable with who I am.
Autism in adult women is frequently misdiagnosed and misunderstood, often by the very health professionals who are involved in the early stages of the assessment journey, meaning that the individual gets thrown off the train before it even leaves the station because their ticket, although perfectly valid, is not identical to the ones being spat out by the ticket machine.
My ticket has now been stamped after almost a year of being thrown off the train and I am starting my journey into neurodiversity.
I will keep this first post brief (difficult for me!) but I would like to write about my diagnosis pathway, labels and how I would like to be referred to (still don’t know!), autism in the medical professions and the NHS, autism in women and whatever else I feel I need to get out of my head! I am rubbish at expressing myself verbally so hopefully by publishing here I will be able to organise some of the chaotic thoughts going on in my brain and maybe come across others who identify with what I am writing.
Hopefully this is the start of a beautiful friendship!