I am grateful that my site allows me to explore and address my symptoms, that I never had a diagnosis for. I’m still having to work some of my symptoms out.
There is research out there to suggest the link between Cerebral Palsy and Autism and I believe the link between the two is true. Having done more research and now taken a test for Autism, it has been confirmed that I have Autism brought about through brain damage and Cerebral Palsy.
There is no getting away from the fact that I have a neuro-developmental disorder due to brain damage at birth. It is a brain function disorder that affects emotions, learning ability, memory and self-control. The symptoms unfold as the child develops and grows.
I have had to deal with and have found ways around dealing with emotions, learning, memory and self-control. It is my short term memory that is affected. When it comes to Autism, as with all brain conditions, symptoms will vary in severity and differ from child to child, where some may experience just a few of its symptoms, others many of its symptoms.
Although my diagnosis was missed, my symptoms share similarities with Autism and Asperger’s. When taking the Autism test and for us to confirm the accuracy of the result, someone I know also took the test and the test accurately confirmed the suspicions on both our parts that he doesn’t have Autism and I sadly do.
How does this potential new information make me feel? Angry and irritated, because as a child when I tried to talk about my issues, I was told there was nothing wrong with me and that I should get on with my life, but years on feel that I can’t because I’m still working things out; that I failed, particularly through my school years.
There is no doubt in my mind that with the help, I might have succeeded more in school, instead of looking stupid because I didn’t have the ability to learn and ‘just didn’t get school.’
I also feel I have been failed, not by my lack of earlier accomplishments, but by those who were involved with my care and education and who could have done things to help me.