I Feel That I’ve Helped Somebody Today – Autism


You may remember that my stepmother passed away suddenly earlier this month, and I wrote this blog post about her.

As an autistic person myself I have a set morning routine which I rarely deviate from. I take my meds, I fire up my laptop, I check my emails, respond to blog comments and then I check for spam and look at my stats to see if any searches have led to this blog.

This morning was just like any other, apart from one thing. Amongst the usual searches that land in my stats for Wolverine, Sarah-Jane Smith, Doctor Who, Spike, Elisabeth Sladen, cross-stitch and various other not life-changing things, one stood out.

Someone had searched for “I love someone with autism”… and found me.

I hope that my stepmother’s story gave them what they were looking for, be it advice, support or comfort. I hope that my take on her life with my father gave them the tools they were looking for in order to understand and support their autistic friend, partner, child or other relative.

As someone who cared deeply for others I know that my stepmother would be delighted to know that she has left such a positive legacy – and that I was moved to share it with the world.

In spite of her own medical issues and faults (both of which she had many) she loved someone with autism. She knew my father loved her, even though he was never able to tell her so. She just knew.

And, through me, she continues to make a difference to others in her position. Long may it continue.

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About The Hairy Housewife

Media volunteer for Epilepsy Action (UK) and advocate for both epilepsy and autism awareness. Seamstress, cross-stitcher, sci-fi lover, ukulele player and Chelmsford's own Pickling Pagan who wants to inherit a TARDIS when she grows up. In the process of writing an as yet unnamed book, with anecdotes and information about being epileptic and autistic - and seeing the funny side! Also an entertainment journalist for What Culture, where I write about Doctor Who.
This entry was posted in 2012, Acceptance, Accomplishments, Autism, Autism Awareness, Blogging, Born This Way, Family, Love, Positivity, Proud Parent Of An Autistic Child, Proud To Be Autistic, Proud To Be Me. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to I Feel That I’ve Helped Somebody Today – Autism

  1. I’m glad that your loving experiences together may have been able to benefit others, too. :-)

  2. That’s the beaut of blogging: you are very likely to meet like-minded people or people who disagree with you and who can give you another perspective in life, which is always beneficial. And all the time, you are making new friends! Enjoy your blogging! :-)

  3. willowdot21 says:

    You are a star! ;)

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