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Blog:Pharaohs World!- Some big changes…

Blog:Pharaohs World!- Some big changes…

Since 17th December last year I’ve lost just under 20lb in weight.

My waist size has dropped from 38″ to 35″

I have started some light weight training and yesterday walked over 4 miles.

And I have Fibromyalgia.

Why the changes ?

Well, I was due to have an Operation in December which has now been postponed twice and ultimately cancelled because my blood sugar spiked and made my operation unsafe.

My time dealing with

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- I Know I'm Autistic So Why Get Assessed?

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- I Know I'm Autistic So Why Get Assessed?

“You mask it very well but you’re definitely autistic.”

This, essentially, was the outcome of my autism assessment yesterday. So no surprise to me or anybody who knows me. The obvious question is, “Why choose to get assessed at all when you’ve known you’re autistic for more than 10 years now?”

The answer lies, as so often, in what employers and medical professionals will accept as authoritative. In this case, my own word based on

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “I figured I could afford a fake house in the Hamptons.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “I figured I could afford a fake house in the Hamptons.”

The Unknown Mother

You don’t know me.

We’ve never met.

But we have this connection

of grief and regret.

A progeny of hope,

his life just started,

destroyed in a moment.

A dream departed.

I’m terrified,

never did this before.

Why wasn’t this part

of my training for war?

No time to panic,

no time to cry.

I’m calling you in my mind.

Please understand why.

I’m not a medic,

just the two-week

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Blog:Spectrum Women- WOMEN & GIRLS RESEARCH – TIZARD University of Kent

Blog:Spectrum Women- WOMEN & GIRLS RESEARCH – TIZARD University of Kent

WOMEN & GIRLS RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS WANTED Are you a late-diagnosed autistic woman*? Are you the parent/carer of an autistic woman or girl? Do you self-identify as an autistic woman? Are you a professional who comes into contact with autistic women or girls? If so, we want to hear from you! Researchers at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent are designing a screening tool for autism, which

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- It's Hard to be Different

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- It's Hard to be Different

At school I would watch as the other kids playedLeft out on the edges and that’s where I stayedForever the outcast, forever afraidIt’s hard to be different, take it from meIt’s hard to be different, take it from me The skills I was taught served me poorly in lifeLike holding my tongue, the obedient wifeBut never a word about facing a knifeLearning compliance was no good to meLearning compliance was no good to me

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- What people with autism can learn from Memes – Part 2: Male Behaviours

Blog:Life with Aspergers- What people with autism can learn from Memes – Part 2: Male Behaviours

In my last post, I looked at some of the more “female” behaviours in memes and how they describe people on the autism spectrum in relationships.  This time I want to look at primarily male behaviours. Of course, these aren’t really gender restricted behaviours and depending upon the type of relationship you’re in, they could be either male or female.

This is a long post, so I’m jumping in without further preamble. If you want

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- The Missing Blogger

Blog:Pharaohs World!- The Missing Blogger

I know, I know..

Once more I have been responsible for a dereliction of duty. My blogging has become infrequent and apathetic.

Because I’ve given up.

I don’t find it cathartic or soothing. I don’t find venting helps when nobody picks up the baton and runs with it and too often I feel I’m the lone voice crying in the wilderness.

I saw several tweets yesterday bemoaning the splits in the Autistic community. My finger

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Blog:Spectrum Women- How Meditation Has Helped Me by Anlor Davin

Blog:Spectrum Women- How Meditation Has Helped Me by Anlor Davin

First of all, I want to state that I am privileged and my basic survival needs are covered. Nowadays, and for the past ten years or so, I can make ends meet.  I am, by the standards of most “civilized countries” (not in all domains…), rather poor.  I am disabled, often invisibly, due to my autism. I live with my partner in a one bedroom rented apartment; we do not have a car, and I

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Blog:The Talentless Liar- Navigating the Event Horizon

Blog:The Talentless Liar- Navigating the Event Horizon

Our lives are full of cycles:   We learn, we teach, we become wiser.  We gain confidence, we take risks, we learn moderation. Some cycles are repeated again and again as we age. We trust, we are disappointed or betrayed, we make better choices about who we confide in, or we don’t.  These cycles of trial and error are the mechanism by which we learn to navigate our world, but when you remove the ‘why’ from

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- A Bed of Roses Still Has Thorns – On #Autism and Cures

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- A Bed of Roses Still Has Thorns – On #Autism and Cures

As an autistic woman, would I want to be cured?

It’s a valid question, and one that I believe is worth exploring in depth because its simplicity hides a host of unspoken assumptions, assumptions that differ depending on who you ask.

What Is Autism?

Autism is not just a medical diagnosis based on a set of clinical observations, even though that’s exactly how it’s defined in manuals such as DSM and ICD. Those are

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “You're eating too much dairy.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “You're eating too much dairy.”

I’m sick.  I likely caught The Worst Cold of My Life on a recent trip to Denver.  Since living on the edge of agoraphobia is my apparent lifestyle, it’s not surprising my immune system is traumatized by mingling in crowds.  Fortunately, I can tell the worst is over.  On Day Two, I switched to Puffs Plus Lotion with Vicks because the skin on my nose was peeling off.

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Blog:The Aspie Teacher- Toxic Shame – You might struggle with it and not even know it!

Blog:The Aspie Teacher- Toxic Shame – You might struggle with it and not even know it!

(Trigger Warning – Mention of suicide and abuse.)

“Toxic Shame”, just reading those words makes me cringe. I didn’t know until recently that there was a term for it, but I am very familiar with the effects and damage that toxic shame causes.  In my experience, toxic shame can cause generational damage as well.

What is toxic shame?

To answer that question, I first have to explain what ordinary shame is. According to Mary C.

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Oversensitive: Sensory Processing Difficulties

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Oversensitive: Sensory Processing Difficulties

Introduction

The human body has several senses. There are the well-known ones: touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. And then there are proprioception (the awareness of our body in relation to our surroundings), interoception (the body’s internal state: things such as being hot or cold, thirsty, hungry, in discomfort or pain), and the vestibular system (concerned with balance).

Neurodivergent people often experience sensory input differently to the neurotypical majority. Some of us feel certain sensations more

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- What people with autism can learn from Memes – Part 1: Female Behaviours

Blog:Life with Aspergers- What people with autism can learn from Memes – Part 1: Female Behaviours

The internet is full of amusing sites like Ebaum’s World and Cheezeburger where memes rule and people surface almost any content on the internet in the most disturbing ways.  Just as the culture of the internet flows through the comments on more serious sites like Reddit, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, it flows through the meme sites too — only with far less censorship. Don’t get me wrong, many of these posts are terribly funny but

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Lost – With a Map

Blog:Spectrum Women- Lost – With a Map

Introducing… Life Through the Lens of Autism, a new monthly column for Spectrum Women’s magazine for all women living with autism.  Written from the unique point of view of a spectrum woman who started life after college as a computer science engineer back in the 80’s, a single parent, mother of four (2 biological, 2 adopted from China), teacher of students with special needs, enjoys cats of all ages, survivor of suicide loss, author, advocate,

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Lost – With a Map by Lisa Morgan

Blog:Spectrum Women- Lost – With a Map by Lisa Morgan

Meandering through conversations is like trying to find your way somewhere on a map.  You think you know where the conversation is going.  You’re following the words people are saying, just like following the legend on a map.  Words are the map of the conversation. Then, all of a sudden, you’re lost!  The words are no longer making any sense and you are lost in the conversation.  You listen, concentrate on the words, try to

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