I thought I would tell you about my first time at a peer-support group.
I suppose this was a few months after my diagnosis, and I had not really had any contact with anyone since receiving my assessment. This was not that surprising, we were in lockdown, and I had not left the house in a very long time.
Between watching the daily Covid briefings on the BBC, I had time to think… maybe too much time! Enough time to ask myself a million times…am I really autistic? What if it’s a mistake? Did I make it up?
Then one day, someone sent me a link for an online meeting .. it was for a workshop. Despite my hesitation, I decided to attend.
I was nervous.
Would I be accepted? Maybe they would say, “Sorry, you are in the wrong place, and I don’t know what you were thinking!”
I started to listen to what was being said. Even that made me anxious.
But then, the speaker began her presentation, and it was as though she was talking about my life. It wasn’t just that; all that other people laughed, saying, “Oh yeah, that happens to me too!” Everyone understood!
All of a sudden, I knew that I was in the right place. Things that seemed so confusing started to become clear.
I am not going to claim that everything was perfect from then on. I have my good days and my bad days. But talking to another neurodivergent adult helped me… and just by talking about our lives.
Why don’t you try this for yourself? I’ve put the link to the peer support page below.
It’s every Wednesday night from 7.30-8.30 pm.