I was reading Anonymously Autistic I found myself nodding furiously while reading her “I want to Encourage Everyone to Write”. At first, I believed that autism must also be a mental illness, so closely many of her posts have resonated with me. After I commented on a post I was grateful Anonymously set me straight. Unlike me, I’m sure many of you know that autism is not a mental illness. It is, in fact, a lifelong developmental condition.
I have since discovered, from blogs, that many chronic and permanent health issues have some similarities of experience. Not due to diagnosis or symptoms but because:
• How people not suffering from the condition respond to us, in the media or in personal interactions.
• How we feel and respond to our health issue, that can be devastating and all-consuming
This is why I’ve had two guests write about their experiences…
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