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Finally Diagnosed With Asperger's Syndrome at age 34

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Jamie Grana

Surviving Life With Asperger's Syndrome

Hello, my name is Jamie, and I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at age 34, less than 2 years ago. I was also diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, and ADHD at the same time. Finally getting the right diagnosis changed my life. My entire life, I knew I was different, but could not pin point what it was. I managed to attend school and develop friendships along the way. However, I was misdiagnosed with other conditions, and put on meds that led me to be hospitalized. It was a rough road. Not knowing what I was, was very hard, but I hoped an answer would someday come.

And then the Seizures Began

At 34, I began to have seizures; which prompted me to see a neurologist. Within 1 hour, it all made sense. All of my issues with light and sound, fascination with music, and repetitive behaviors had a name. I was told that it was rare for a diagnosis of Aspergers for females. Currently, there are more males than females that have a formal diagnosis. It is becoming more common for women to be diagnosed correctly later in life. Since my diagnosis, I have had to change everything in my life to accommodate my condition. I even had to change careers. I was able to get physical therapy for the scoliosis in my back and curved spine. I am still waiting to receive formal and professional occupational therapy and speech therapy. While I wait, I teach myself. I am becoming stronger everyday and am continually finding ways to work around my disability. It hasn't slowed me down one bit. I have my own business and live completely independently. I hope to inspire others with my story.

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