This first exciting post will mostly focus on my goals for this blog, as well as an insight into some of the content which I may share.
First of all, this blog will be my first attempt to openly talk about my autism. I am still coming to grips with what my autism means for me, but I hope to talk about my specific experiences as well as providing some information on what autism looks like in women and girls in particular. I am doing this because when I first looked into getting diagnosed, I realised that autism can present itself differently in females compared to males, and there is not a lot of information on the differences.
I will talk about my journey towards a diagnosis, how things have changed since that diagnosis and how I have learned more about myself due to this. I hope to include some stories from before I was diagnosed to offer an insight into a childhood with autism, although I am aware that this is only my experience and that others most likely have very different stories.
As a scientist, my main goal is to educate any readers of this blog about autism and provide a safe space for autistic girls and women to share their own experiences. I will try to find cited literature to support any statements statistics about autism in general as I am passionate about passing on knowledge but I want to ensure that I am not spreading misinformation.
While the main purpose of this blog is to the benefit of others (hopefully), I also hope that in sharing my story, this may help me understand myself a little better. I am still discovering new things that are linked to my autism and I hope to share these with you as I recognise them.