WHO AM I?  That’s a question I’ve been trying to figure out my whole life.  In 2009, at the age of 50, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome which changed dramatically how I saw myself and my overall life.  I finally knew why everything had been such a struggle.  Although, things remain a struggle every day, I have embraced my strengths, found coping mechanisms for my weaknesses and life is so much better.  Here are some tidbits about myself:

Worked 33 years as an Educational Assistant in the local public  school system, working mostly with special needs children.   Now retired!

  • I am passionate about libraries and books and work part time in my local library.
  • I am what you might call a “crazy cat lady”.  I have 2 cats who are my “Joy Boys”.
  • I love circles and intricate patterns, bright colours, blue and white china, unique shoes and clothes, crooked houses,
  • I collect all kinds of things like sea glass, dish towels, sheets, towels, jugs, etc etc etc….
  • I am an aunt to 2 amazing kids, a piano teacher, an artist, a photographer and sell my own greeting cards.
  • I have a strong faith,  a circle of close friends, a dear psychiatrist,  and a church family who support me and help me through life.

For the purpose of this blog, I am in the most important role of my life – that of sole caregiver to my elderly Mom. She is 92, in palliative care and lives in a nearby nursing home after living with me for  5 years.  This is also the most difficult role I have ever had.  I decided to start a blog on my journey of caring for my Mom and share the process of grief I am going through.  There is very little about autism and grief on the internet.  My story may be very different than yours but I hope you will find something that may help in your unique journey.  My desire with this blog is to share and connect with you and hopefully together we can find a way through the grief we bear.  Psalm 30:5 says, ” Weeping may last through the night but joy comes in the morning”