The mother of three spoke about how she was diagnosed with autism in her 30s.
Annette Barrett, of East, attended a specialty school after her parents noticed that she regularly quarreled at school and among her peers.
But it wasn’t until decades later that he was diagnosed with autism.
The 39-year-old told the The Postedia: “I fought very hard in school and the GCSE was terrible.
“I was often ridiculed and made fun of, and people thought I was weird.”
After specializing in animal care, Annette applied for a part-time job, but neither worked.
Looking back at 20, he said, “In a meeting with one of my professors, he sat down and told me I wasn’t going to be a vet.
“It’s fair to say he was absolutely right, but I think those were harsh words for those who struggled with learning difficulties.
Feeling unnoticed and lost, he also struggled to maintain service.
He added: “I felt like I was being treated a little unfairly in two jobs. Life was a real struggle during my school and work years ”.
Since then, Annette has come a long way. She is a full-time mother of three and lives with her partner in Bischofstok on the eastern island.
The couple’s 16-year-old son has been diagnosed with autism and are currently awaiting an evaluation of their 13-year-old daughter.
As she waited for her daughter to be evaluated, a sudden thought crossed her mind. Annette said: “The real signs that she may be autistic have been revealed in her experiences of her with autism.
“Especially with my daughter; I could hear a lot of her behavior, which made me think, ‘Could I be autistic too?’
“Even after so many years of fighting, until recently I never thought I was on the spectrum.”
Eastle’s mother was finally diagnosed with autism this year and she feels relieved.
She said: “I felt emotions and relief that were ultimately the reason for my struggle, the reason for my misunderstanding, the processing of my thoughts.
“This answered many questions.”
While her autism journey hasn’t been easy, she encourages other adults who share their similar experiences to speak up and get a diagnosis.
“Having autism is not a sin, it is a gift.
“Now there is more support, more understanding and acceptance.
“You are not alone.”
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