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“You’re autistic, but…”

For November 2018, I’m exploring different things people have said to me, then the internal thoughts those remarks stirred. “Yes, you’re autistic…” “…but you’re so high function.” “…but my rheumatoid arthritis is worse.” “…but it’s only barely, right?” Okay. So what is “only barely” autistic? What is “high function,” in your mind? Am I the…

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Co-morbid Disorders

Originally titled, “I Hid in a Closet: Part Two” For decades, my mom’s asked me, “What are you going to write about me?” and while I used to answer, “Nothing,” this doesn’t seem like the right response. These stories are my stories, and my point of view was hardly heard as a child, for starters, because I…

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Autistic Daughter

Originally titled, “Autistic Daughter; Anxious Mother” I’ve struggled with family issues my whole life. Since autism is genetic, it’s of course common for several family members to land on the autism spectrum. Yet mental health, developmental disorders—hell, even doctors—are (not were) (are) (yes, even in 2018) stigmatized in my family, so as far as anyone…

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