Hi, I’m Makayla or “Kayla” for short. I am Autistic and I also have unspecified anxiety disorder. Ausomely Autistic is a blog about autism and unspecified anxiety disorder from the view point of an autistic person. I am here to share my thoughts and experiences as an Autistic person. Being Autistic can be hard, there are hurdles to jump over. I also have mild cerebral palsy and scoliosis. I try to not let these things stop me, I try to strive to do the best I can, even if some things are more difficult for me to do.
My best friend in the whole world is Nikki, my SD (Service dog) she loves bones, people food, and playing. She is black with white on her chest. She is so sweet, and loves to give kisses to her handler. I also have another good friend, Shadow who is a Tennessee walking horse gelding. He is chestnut, and loves peaches, peppermints, carrots, apples, cookies, hay, etc. Together we have passed 2 Parelli auditions including Level 1 online, and Level 2 online. Shadow is around 21 years old. He has a heart of gold.
I have struggled with many things in my life, including being bullied, excluded, having sensory processing issues, and anxiety. Some days are good, and some days are bad and have anxiety, misunderstanding, tears, and meltdowns. I am blessed to have a loving family, with family members who try to help me and accept me for who I am.
I love reading good books, though I am pretty picky about which books I want to read. 🙂 I also like to write. Writing is my way of getting my emotions and thoughts out, and I have found that it has been therapeutic for me.
When I was first diagnosed “Autistic”, I thought Autism was bad. I thought “What is wrong with me?!?!” slowly, as I have looked inside myself, and learned more about Autism, I have grown to understand myself and my challenges. Many people just look at Autism as a “bad” thing that should be cured. I do not believe that Autism needs to be cured, I believe that Autistic’s have talents and that they need the opportunity to find and use their talents.
I also love doing art, because I can express myself, I also like music such as “roar” by Katy Perry, “Fight song” by Rachel Platten, and others. Music also helps me cope during tough times.
I am also an Autism advocate/self-advocate. I believe that all Autistic people deserve acceptance for who they are, and not for what people think they should be. I believe that Autistic voices should be heard.
“I am different, not less.”~Temple Grandin