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    Posted May 20, 2014 by
    Sadie555
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    I Have Asperger's

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Sadie555 says one of the hardest parts of living with ASD as an adult is not being able to work long hours on a job because she needs a mental break. "After only a few hours... I feel like I've taken the SAT!"
    - JacqueCNN, CNN iReport producer

    Growing up was confusing to me. For my whole life, it felt like no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get things right. People gave me strange looks. They became angry over things which didn’t make sense to me. It seemed to me that people were just being nit-picky. I tried to tell them that I was lost, but no one seemed to hear me. In 10th grade, after 15 long, tiring years, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Of course, at that time I didn’t know what it was. I shrugged off this “official” diagnosis, because after all, I hadn’t changed.

    What I wasn’t expecting was for people to stop being so mad at me. They began to listen. I studied more about what Asperger’s was, and my life began to make sense. Now that people had started listening, I felt maybe I could get across what I had been trying to say before. I made a website, and I started to blog about what my life is like. I realized that people who are not on the Autistic Spectrum think, feel, and live differently. It is my job to teach them about what it’s like for me.

    My name is Erin Clemens. I’m 24 years old, and I want to help others understand what my life is like living with Asperger’s Syndrome. My hope is that people can learn from what I have been through, and apply it to what may help someone they know on the spectrum. To me, autism isn’t a death sentence. It’s just a different lifestyle.

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