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mulgajane
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16 Aug 2021, 12:56 am

Hi, my name is Fe and I have only just worked out that I am autistic.
I am reaching out because I have to tell you that I am extremely fragile and in need of help.
My relationship has just ended, two days before my diagnosis, and though I would like to celebrate my revelation, I cannot for my heart is broken.
I feel very alone, but I know there must be other women out there like me who have struggled for so long to fit in, and I dearly need to connect with you so that I may learn more about myself and in return, help you learn more about you.
Sincerely, me.



EleanorC
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16 Aug 2021, 3:24 pm

I just figured out today that I’m autistic. I’m 43. I understand about being fragile and I’m sorry your heart is broken.
I dunno what else to say, I’m not good at this, just wanted to give you a virtual hug.



mulgajane
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16 Aug 2021, 4:17 pm

Hello ElanorC,

thank you for your virtual hug :)

I used to joke that I might be on the spectrum but I didn't actually think there was any truth in my jokes until I was listening to a writer on a podcast speak about her late diagnosis. The concept of mimicking was explained to me and I began to understand for the first time why it took so much energy for me to go into the outside world.

How did you discover your autistic self?



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16 Aug 2021, 7:27 pm

A difficult time for you, but welcome.
I've only been here a short time myself, but there seem to be lots of good and insightful people about.



EleanorC
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16 Aug 2021, 9:54 pm

I came across a website with a long list of traits that convinced me. It won’t let me put a link here cuz I’m a new user.

One of my sisters said a while back she thought I might be on the spectrum, so I did some reading and found the list and … yep. That’s me. I’m kinda reeling right now

One of the things on the list is that it takes so much energy to go out into the world, like you mentioned. I thought it was just me. OMGosh. There’s a whole group of people … !



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17 Aug 2021, 7:09 am

Welcome, new members!! !


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17 Aug 2021, 2:38 pm

Welcome to Wrong Planet! :D


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18 Aug 2021, 1:46 pm

Hi there, I know how you feel. I'm 56 and just realizing ... my heart really goes out to you. I hope we both can find some people we can relate to here and some real friends who understand and accept us as we are.



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18 Aug 2021, 1:59 pm

I'd like to welcome the new members.


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19 Aug 2021, 8:37 am

Welcome to Wrong Planet. Even though I’ve worked with people with developmental disabilities for over 20 years, I had no idea I was autistic. That’s because women frequently present differently from men. I was pole axed when I realized these characteristics fit me like a glove.

Losing a partner is quite upsetting too. Been there, done that…many times.

Big virtual hugs.


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19 Aug 2021, 9:22 am

Being hurt in romance is universal----amongst all genders, binary or otherwise.

I know what you mean. Losing love cuts like a knife. And, for you, the wound is fresh. But you will heal. I don't believe healing is ever impossible, even when it seems like it's impossible. Yes, I'm speaking from "outside"...but I believe an outside, sort of objective perspective is necessary.

I was diagnosed very young, so I'm fortunate that I "knew" I was "odd." Went to special schools, the whole nine yards. I never, ever, had any notion that I was "normal" in any way.

I believe autism is universal. There are some females who have the "female" presentation. And it is certainly underdiagnosed in females. There are some females who present just like males, though.



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20 Aug 2021, 4:21 am

Welcome, sorry to hear about your relationship