Some may think this is really naive but...sometimes it's just hard for me to think of Aspergers as an "illness" because Aspergers people have done a lot of really good things. Not only but including inventions. Because they tend to hyper focus on a special area, they become experts in it. When I had posted this thought on my Aspergers facebook page, I got some amazing responses:
For me it was only a disability not knowing what was going on but since discovering my creative abilities then aspergers its definitely a gift.
IMO It is an illness..but that doesn't mean something good can't come out of it...I have a condition called Agenisis of the Corpus Callosum.... It presents very similar to Aspergers in symptoms except part of my brain is actually MISSING . I am a wonderful talented graphic artist, and mom, and friend...and a bunch of other things. I don't let it define me, but it's still an illness the same as Aspergers/ Autism is. Just my .02.
My son has ADHD and Asperger's and I have explained to him not that they are illnesses or a disability, but they are just the different way that God made him, and God has made everyone different.
Nope. Have to think about why, though. Illness, to me, sounds like sickness... and our son's Asperger's feels different somehow.
I think of my son having a special gift. He is 11 and every day its something new. He amazes me every day. Some days are a challenge but I enjoy every minute. I wouldn't want it any other day.
No, I dont think so, I think it is just the way our children are made for lack of a better term. ANd I think that there are a lot of advantages that we have to look at with our children who have these "issues".
I loved the responses.
|My elementary days|
Organization is like rocket science to me. I love going to church and I go three times a week. BUT I have to keep my hands busy by doodling so I can focus. When I compare myself to moms that making homemaking and organizing look like a cinch, I want to hang my head in shame. I tend to go in circles cleaning up because of my focus problems. I still wear earmuffs when the house gets too loud. Don't get me wrong. I'm a very traditional homemaker and LOVE it. I bake, clean, cook, wash, sew, have babies, homeschool and I love every bit of it. ADHD I believe helps me keep up with all these things. Juggling it, albeit not perfectly and some days despairingly, I will work myself to exhaustion making sure it gets done. Being able to move quickly from one thing to the next without having a perfectionist mentality makes it possible for me to keep up with a busy life and making room for spontaneity. At times I may go to bed with a spotless house. Sometimes I may be too embarrassed to answer the door. But I can promise you this, I go to bed in peace that I give it my all every single day. I may not have all the clothes washed or dishes may be piling in the sink, but it's probably because I'm out back playing soldiers with my boys or barbies with my girls in their room. If you are looking for a supermom, then you're looking at the wrong gal. But if you are looking for an example of someone who loves life, loves her family, tries every day to work on her weaknesses, then you've found the right one. Even though I struggle, I won't give up and just roll over because orderliness is a character quality.
Some may call ADHD an illness. For me it's just been a hurdle. I truly am blessed.
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