When I started this blog I never suspected it would be still going a year later. I wrote my first post after a few people asked if I would share some of my experiences with them on living with an autism spectrum condition. In the year since I have learned more than I could have ever imagined from the simple act of writing this blog. Over the coming months I will unfortunately not be able to continue to post as regularly as I'd like. Recently I've returned to full time work which is great news, but also means I've got to give it my full attention and have had to make the decision to put this blog on the back burner for a while.
For those affected by autism, both on the spectrum itself or supporting someone who is, it can often seem overwhelmingly isolating. The thing that has really stood out to me over my year of blogging is what an amazingly supportive community there is out there. By opening up and sharing my experiences I have got so much comfort from realising that I'm not alone and having the opportunity to hear others' stories and experiences. I've had the pleasure to meet some amazing new friends all over the world. It has also opened my eyes to realise that sharing my story can be of help to others. It's easy to get trapped in a bubble of being told how things are by professional 'experts,' who often seem disconnected from the realities of life.
What I've realised is that actually I am an 'expert' too, I've got 31 years of experience at living with autism and sharing my experiences, good and bad, can help others. You can too, YOUR experiences are truly valuable and there are so many people out there who would get a lot of encouragement from hearing your own story, perhaps you know what it's like to live on the spectrum, or you know what it's like to parent a child on the spectrum, or you have some routines that help you, or you know the strain of holding back a meltdown. For years I felt scared to use my voice and be open about my experiences, but it's been the best thing I've done and now I know we're really not alone.
So on that note I'll say farewell for now. I will be back later in the year, so for now please feel free to keep in contact, I look forward to hearing from you :-)