“I have been giving myself permission to acknowledge my needs and care for myself in ways that met those needs“
This is why the ‘label’ is important because it gives everyone a contextual framework for acceptance, understanding and growth.
Today marks the day I went to see my GP and ask for a referral for a diagnosis. She asked me some questions so she can write a ‘case for funding by the NHS’ and if that gets approved, I go on the waiting list to get my diagnosis. It could go straight through or it could take a year. People say “there’s no rush, you may as well wait” but I have spent the summer deciding if this is something I really want to pursue… And it is. I kind of don’t want to wait any longer. I’ve always been into my personal development and this is like the holy grail for that! I don’t really want to wait to know how to be my best self…
It’s about a year since I got comfortable with saying I’m autistic. Shortly after I publicly “came out” I was asked why I would identify as disabled or allow a label like autism to be applied to me. I didn’t quite know what to say at the time, except to tell the person that labels aren’t negative and that I found it helpful in understanding myself. A year later, though, I have a more detailed answer.
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