I’m Lydia. I’m currently 23 (and no promises I’ll change this to 24 or even to 25 when my birthday rolls around…). The number one thing to know about me is that I am a Christian… but lest that scare you away somehow, don’t let it. I don’t dare tell anyone else what to say, do, think, or believe, and I have friends and family in the Autism World of ours of all faiths and nonfaiths.
I tend to love what I love to the extreme. Like, I don’t just like Food Network… it’s on just about 24 hours a day at my house. I call the chefs my friends. Alton Brown is my favorite, but his show is only on in the middle of the night, so now I watch Iron Chef America just to get my Alton fix. But since Alton’s not technically a chef, my favorite actual chef is probably Anne Burrell. She’s so cool.
Oh, and cats. I am entirely in love with and obsessed with my cat Elsie Penelope. She’s 13… best friends since I was 10 years old. She’s seen me through so much, not to mention that she kind of ridiculously adorable.
Oh, and I love to write (or more accurately, type). I have my own book (available here and also on Kindle), and I blog, and I Twitter and Facebook and Gmail chat… love it all!
And I’m purposely discussing this last so as not to make it my defining feature, but I have autism. The next question I always get is, Asperger’s, right? Um… well, no one really knows. Or rather, everyone thinks they know, but no one can agree. If I have Asperger’s, I have a lot more severe issues than most people with AS (but my neuropsych does say Asperger’s). The most recent label I got was “the high end of moderate autism.” The person who knows me best, at least I think she does, says HFA. I can be verbal, or I can be not at all. I can sit at my computer, alone in my apartment with my cat and my Food Network (so, totally in my comfort zone) and display incredible insight… but none of that really transfers to real life. I’m quite talented academically, but I have total, hours-long meltdowns over things like the TV screen freezing.
All that said, they’re going to continue to disagree over “how autistic” I am, but I’ve settled on realizing that I have both awesome gifts and surprising deficits, and that those gifts and deficits change from day to day, hour to hour.
So, I’m a lot of things. But mostly, I’m just Lydia, no more or less.