I had an amazing conversation with my daughter “Shannon” today. She’s the one who lost eye contact with us at age four and eventually got an ADD diagnosis that solidified into an Asperger’s diagnosis at age 11. She’s now 25.
Autism is like living in a house of mirrors: all you can see is yourself. That makes it extremely difficult to reach out to other people in any meaningful way. You can’t imagine what others are thinking, what they are like.
We were talking about her best friend, someone she has found recently. Shannon hasn’t had a close friend, ever, though in the past year or so she’s been able to relate to people in a whole new way. She hadn’t found someone dwelling in the same groove, so to speak. But now she has.
Shannon and the friend have been enjoying each others’ company for hours at a time, doing stuff like enjoying the City Museum (a unique attraction we have here in St. Louis), eating lunch, and whatnot.
Me: “Does she know you used to have Asperger’s?”
Shannon: (smiles) “Yes.”
I’m savoring it. “Used to have Asperger’s.” How’s that for cool??
For anyone just joining this blog, Shannon has experienced recovery from her autism in the past couple of years through N.A.E.T., a treatment for the immune system based on acupuncture theory. In case you didn’t know, autism isn’t something one normally recovers from.
Shannon’s about to take the big step and move away from home to another town six hours away. The sky’s the limit for her now! I am so thankful.