My name is Maxine. I was diagnosed with ASD 2 years ago, after a long search and a severe depression. The diagnosis has helped me tremendously and I have learned so much about myself.
For the most part, autism has had a positive impact on my life, in the sense that I am more self-aware, and more patient with myself as well. I don’t have to constantly compare myself with the development of other people anymore, which has given me peace of mind.
I am most proud of my independence. I started university last year, 1,5 hours away from home, while the treatment program with my therapist was completed.
My personal development has progressed by leaps and bounds and I’m proud to have achieved that all by myself.
My tip to people with autism is that you should keep a close eye on your personal boundaries and to guard them well. Self-knowledge is one of the most important things you can have.