Autism and Me
By Faith| Published on July 20, 2021 | 5 Minute Read
I was diagnosed in late October of 2019. When I was at the hospital getting tested, I didn’t really know what I was being tested for. I remember my mum saying I was getting an autism test but that didn’t mean anything to me, I didn’t understand what autism was. The only part of the test I remember is making up a story from a book with no words, just pictures of a monkey. I remember getting frustrated because I didn’t really understand as I didn’t know what the story was meant to be like.
That same day my mum and I sat down and had a chat about what autism meant. And whilst we did, I started to get upset and question why me? Why do I have to be different? And I didn’t like the idea of not being “normal”. It took me a long time to get to grips with my autism diagnosis. It started while the coronavirus lockdown happened in March 2020, I thought why not google and do my own research on autism. I found out so much that I could connect with and I realised I wasn’t alone . I found some amazing people on Instagram and on Tiktok.
"I still now have days where I don’t want to be autistic and days that I find hard but it’s okay to have days like that."
I started my autism account on Instagram because I enjoy looking at autism Instagram accounts and finding new information about autism. Another thing I love about is the positivity that people have put on me. And I wanted to do the same to other people and help new people with an autism diagnosis who are struggling too!
I still now have days where I don’t want to be autistic and days that I find hard but it’s okay to have days like that. It’s okay to have bad days as long as we keep going. Just like one of my teachers said to me “there’s always a rainbow at the end of a storm”.
About the Author
Hi I am Faith I am 14 years old and autistic !
I was diagnosed with autism in 2019 and wasn’t sure what autism really was and hated not being “normal”. Then I started doing my own research and I realised I’m not alone! Being autistic comes with lots of challenges but I’m prepared to give them all a go! I can have bad days and good days where I can hate being autistic and want to be “normal” but others I when love it! Just like one of my teachers said to me “there’s always a rainbow at the one of the storm” 🌈