Since my cerebral palsy diagnosis at the age of forty-six, it has taken me an additional ten years of research to understand my presenting neurological symptoms and to find out those were part of the autism spectrum. The answers I have from my diagnoses explain who I am, how I am and how I’ve been. They also explain my experiences to date. Those all fall into place now.
Every question, every uncertainty, every mental struggle has now been ticked and crossed through autism, that I didn’t know I had as a child. Autism is a co-occurring condition of cerebral palsy. Even before a confirmed diagnosis, after coming into contact with someone who was dealing with symptoms similar to mine, I knew I was dealing with the disorder.
Although autism and Asperger’s were seen as two different conditions, today Asperger’s syndrome is no longer a separate diagnosis. It is now a part of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In 2013, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) changed its classification.
Over the years, I have acquired knowledge of my experiences through my heightened senses, focusing on the things I needed to focus on, to bring me the answers I needed, to the exclusion of everything else. ASD also explains my struggles with touch, loud noises, textures and smells.
I see things with greater clarity through my heightened senses, experiencing the world in a very visually focused way. I work with my intuition, which cannot always be explained by thought or fact, but rather through a deep inner feeling, without having to find or look for it.
Having ASD is the reason I think and write in the way I do. I know that without my website I would never have been able to work my symptoms out, in any great detail. It has become my lifeline to a better existence, enabling me to uncover the reasons behind my experiences.