Category Archives: Autism Awareness

Staring Without Seeing, And Other Stories


That’s what I tend to do when I’m waiting for my hospital appointments; I have my Kindle, of course, but occasionally my gaze will sweep the waiting area and see – but not see. Images are vaguely noted – sometimes … Continue reading

Posted in "Mutants", 2013, Adapting, Anxiety, Autism, Autism Awareness, Autistic Behaviours, Autistic Meltdown, Body Image, Boobs, Born This Way, Disability, Doctor Who, English Hospitals, Epilepsy, Epilepsy Awareness, Health, Heightened Awareness, Injuries, Kindle | 4 Comments

Autistic Son Psyched In A Bad Way


I have mentioned my autistic son many times before. I’ve shared the good times, the bad times, some photographs of my handsome, cheeky little man. A young man who is basically thoughtful, sweet-natured, warm hearted, kind, handsome and funny. He … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Autism, Autism Awareness, Autistic Meltdown, Disability, Health, Neurological, Not A Supermarket Tomato, Psychiatric, The Dark Side Of Autism | 13 Comments

How I Saved A Life


Disclaimer: This piece is not about blowing my own trumpet. I am writing this to prove a point – that people with disabilities can still make an important contribution to society. Colin Brewer, councillor for a Cornwall constituency, believes that … Continue reading

Posted in "Mutants", Abuse, Alzheimers, Attitudes, Autism, Autism Awareness, Born This Way, Bullying, Colin Brewer, Dementia, Disability, Epilepsy, Epilepsy Awareness, Harrassment, Neurological, Not A Supermarket Tomato, Proud To Be Autistic, Proud To Be Me, Real Life Horror, The Ignorance Of Strangers, Unacceptable Behaviour | 32 Comments

“You Won’t Be Seeing Frank Any More; He’s… No Longer Here”


That was the first thing that my neurologist told me when I met with him this afternoon – a year after I last saw my Epilepsy Nurse, Frank La Rocca. Last August I had to cancel an appointment due to … Continue reading

Posted in "Mutants", 2013, Adapting, Autism, Autism Awareness, Autistic Behaviours, Autistic Meltdown, Autistic Temperament, Born This Way, Disability, English Hospitals, Epilepsy, Epilepsy Action, Epilepsy Awareness, Frank La Rocca, Health, Hope, Living With Asthma, Living With Atopic Syndrome, Medication, Neurological, Seizures, Status Epilepticus, The Dark Side Of Autism, Viva La Rocca | 24 Comments

Epilepsy, Disability And Idiocy


“MOVE IT!” I had just hobbled off the coach, en route to my home town to visit with my son. London Victoria is where I had to change to a different coach, and I was looking forward to the two-hour … Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, Abusive Behaviour, Anxiety, Attitudes, Autism, Autism Awareness, Body Image, Book, Born This Way, Bullying, Disability, Discomfort, Epilepsy, Epilepsy Awareness, Harrassment, Health, Hope Orchard, Illness, Neurological, Not A Supermarket Tomato, Perception, Proud To Be Autistic, Reading on the move, Seizures, Self-worth, Tales Of The Rambling Rose, The Ignorance Of Strangers, Travel, Travelling, Unacceptable Behaviour, Vulnerability | 32 Comments

Autism: I’m Not Crazy, But Sometimes My Brain Skips A Beat


Appearances can be deceptive. Outwardly, to the bystander, I’m the smiling, friendly blonde lady who is confident in herself and still retains an appearance of youthfulness and some of the good looks she had in her late teens to mid … Continue reading

Posted in "Mutants", 2013, Adapting, Autism, Autism Awareness, Autistic Behaviours, Autistic Meltdown, Autistic Temperament, Born This Way, Disability, Heightened Awareness, Hyperacusis, Neurological, Nightmares, Not A Supermarket Tomato, Proud To Be Autistic, Proud To Be Me | 14 Comments

Autism In Adulthood


To many people I’m the bubbly, friendly, excitable and somewhat eccentric lady who knows how to let go and have fun. I have plenty of friends, I’m a gifted writer and I’m talented in the arts of pickling, preserving, relish … Continue reading

Posted in "Mutants", 2013, Autism, Autism Awareness, Autistic Behaviours, Autistic Meltdown, Autistic Temperament | 15 Comments

Being Autistic Does Not A Killer Make


I genuinely intended not to touch the Sandy Hook massacre with a barge pole; there are bloggers and reporters who are far more professional in their writing on such matters than I. What happened is mind-bendingly, inconceivably tragic and horrible; … Continue reading

Posted in Adam Lanza, Attitudes, Autism, Autism Awareness, Crime, Current Events, News, Sandy Hook, Tragedy | 17 Comments

Overexcitement: Catalyst Or Symptom?


For a person who is both epileptic and autistic, it is very difficult to separate and analyse behaviours that might be due to one or the other or even both. Am I having a seizure because I’ve also suffered an … Continue reading

Posted in "Mutants", Acceptance, Adapting, Autism, Autism Awareness, Autistic Behaviours, Epilepsy, Epilepsy Awareness, Not A Supermarket Tomato | 1 Comment

Autism Families And The News


I’m just going to come right out and say it: I am terrified of my autistic son. He is sixteen years old, stands at about five foot eight and has the strength of three grown men. The slightest sign of … Continue reading

Posted in About The Carer, Abusive Behaviour, Autism, Autism Awareness, Autistic Behaviours, Autistic Meltdown, Autistic Temperament, Fear, Neurological, Self Defence, Sensory Overload, The Dark Side Of Autism | 17 Comments