As a child, I was narcissistic, incorrigible, and devoid of social skills. I was 16 or 17 when I realized something was wrong with me, even though I had been diagnosed with AS years earlier. I experienced a perspective shift the likes of which I had never known existed within the realm of cognitive possibility, and found myself suddenly facing a reality I had never acknowledged before: I was unsatisfied with my life and who I was, and I needed to fix my life and myself. 3 years later I'm on my way to becoming who I want to be. I have lost 40 pounds, learned to talk without embarrassing myself, and am dating. Like most aspies, I have a few passionate hobbies, and being a people-person is one of them. I haven't let the fact that social skills are harder for me to learn stop me from studying them vigorously.
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