Image: A page with handwriting, small drawings of different oval-shaped people at the top of the page within the text, a scale in the center of the page showing an old version of the autistic spectrum on one side and neurotypical people on the other, and four shaded corner puzzle pieces facing each other in the bottom left-hand corner of the page. The text is describing the contributor and immediate family members. The scale is a line with arrows on the left and right sides. Above the scale on the is Kanner’s Autism on the left-hand side, Asperger’s Syndrome in the center, and Neurotypical on the right-hand side. “Mum” is positioned on the scale somewhat to the left of “Asperger’s Syndrome” toward “Kanner’s Autism”, “Me” is directly under “Asperger’s Syndrome”, and “Jo” is positioned somewhat to the left of “Neurotypical”.
Text: Me (drawing of oval-shaped person with long hair) and my mum (drawing of smaller oval-shaped person with shorter hair) are both autistic. Neither of us are diagnosed. She’s 61. I’m 36. My sister (drawing of smallest oval-shaped person with the shortest hair) isn’t autistic. Or maybe if she is – if there’s a scale (right-pointing arrow). (Drawing of the scale described above.) The first time we all discussed this honestly and openly was 4 days ago. My world concurrently blew apart and clicked into place. If there is a jigsaw puzzle of my life… I’ve suddenly found all the corners, all at once. It’s scary. But it’s also helping – silence is BAD.
Contributor Bio: I'm Louise (@loulouk on Twitter), I'm 37 and I was diagnosed 6 months ago. I was very head broken when I drew/wrote this. Completely burned out from trying to 'blend' with everyone else. I'm feeling better about a lot of things and that jigsaw, it's almost making a picture. :0)