My story and why I started a blog
At the age of six years old I was diagnosed autism spectrum disorder, and because people did not understand or know little about autism, no one gave me the help that I needed. I was not reading with my age group, and my grades suffered. Not many people believed that I would ever be able to read, or even be able to live a normal life. My mom was told by a professional that she should never expect me to read. Teachers, doctors, and professionals all seemed to give up on me in this area. But I was so fascinated with books, and I would spend hours just looking at them just trying to understand the secret code that was in those pages.
Because I lived in a Christian, home I heard all kinds of things that this kind God who does good things for people. I wanted that too. So one night while I was in bed after everyone was asleep I prayed, “Lord if you are real, teach me to read.” Later my mom was surrounded by these crazy people that educate their children at home, and a year later my sister and I were brought home to be homeschooled.
At first, it was not easy for my mom to teach us, and I was not an excellent student to my mom. We had to start at the beginning, but to me, it felt like that some of the curriculums were making fun of me and called me dumb, which I did not appreciate it. My mom was going to give up until she found in her Bible verse that would become the backbone to our homeschooling and also my faith.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phi. 4:13,).
That verse gave my mom strength and encouragement to continue to teach us, and each morning we began our day with the Bible. Each day after reading the Bible I became a stronger in reading, and at age sixteen I was the official reader. After that, I could not help myself on finding a good book, and I would read anything. But I mostly enjoy reading my Bible the most.
I am a young woman that lives with autism, but I have a high school diploma, and I’m also going to college. I have worked hard on the accomplishments that I have achieved. However, I am appalled that people have such a negative point a view towards autism. It seems that commercials that help raise awareness about autism portray it as if the parents’ life is over, like “your child has autism they are going die!” I feel as if people believe that autism is worse than cancer!
There are people out there that want to learn about autism and help autistic people, but getting the wrong ideas from the bad places. I hope that I can raise awareness for autism, and its many forms in a positive light, and give hope to parents struggling with an autistic child. I would like to do that through my stories; some are my personal, but others will be fictional.
My desire is to write about characters that are on the autism spectrum and their life. I will incorporate my Christian beliefs into the story because as a Christian that is my worldview, and If you do not like it or feel offended, you are more than welcome to leave the site. But otherwise please enjoy my blog, and know that I am only trying to help to raise awareness of something that is getting the wrong message.
Have a good day and God bless you.