What a journey! I started this blog in the summer of 2009. Thanks to a perceptive and loyal friend, I had an answer to a lifetime of asking why and why not and how and what I must have done wrong to cause such a mess yet again. She encouraged me to start a blog–it was my world, too, she said, so use your writing to reach out to others. Six years and hundreds of posts, speaking events, conferences, and many life-changing friends later, I have a contentment and a purpose I never knew possible
As of 2015, I’m 27 years old. I have my B.S. in elementary education and my M.A. in English and creative writing. Life through some curve balls in the form of my lifetime health issues becoming much more serious, ultimately diagnosed with mitochondrial disease. I spent 15 months in a nursing home–autism plus the degree of medical care I need made it fully impossible for me to be on my own successfully. An autism specialist said that I had hit my developmental peak when I was 21 and to consider a group home placement.
I am on my own now and absolutely thriving. I’m still limited by my medical situation, but I have a lot of other things to keep my mind busy. I work part-time at an autism nonprofit where I do the media work and spend time with the younger girls and families. I write for various groups and sites, including Geek Club Books, The Mighty, Squag, Zoom Magazine, and Autism Asperger Digest. I have spoken at local and national events. The biggest thing has been the friends I’ve made along the way who always build me up and remind me that I have a community.
Thanks for stopping by, and have a look around to see where my journey started and how very far I’ve come. I can’t wait to find out what’s next!