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”