My Life Story - Living with Undiagnosed Asperger Syndrome

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By Debbie Hudson

ISBN: 978-1-84991-678-3
Published: 2012
Pages: 100
Key Themes: Mental Health, Biography, Aspergers Syndrome

Description

The book I have written is all about what my 35 years of life was like before I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. It starts from when I was born and explains the struggles I had to endure due to not having any help or support as I was not diagnosed. It talks about the oxygen deprivation that I had at birth. It also talks about my school and college experiences and the bullying that I had to endure. It then goes on to talk about my work experiences and the bullying that I endured. It then talks about going for a formal diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and then about how Asperger Syndrome affects me. The final piece in the book talks about the importance of early diagnosis.

About the Author

Debra Hudson is 48 years old. She was born on 22 May 1963 at St Frances Maternity Hospital, London Road, Leicester. She was born with Oxygen Deprivation. She lived in Glenfield with her Mum and Dad and Sister. She went to the local Play School when she was 3 years of age. She was problematic right from the word go and her Mum thought she might be Autistic. When she was 5 she attended the local primary school. When she was eight another sister was born. At the age of 11 she went to Anstey Martin High School. At the age of 14 she went to Longslade Upper School. She gained 9 CSEs but no grade 1ís. She then went to Southfields College to do a Caring for People Course which was for a year. She successfully passed the course and then went on to do a Preliminary Course in Social Care which lasted two years. Unfortunately due to several difficulties she failed the course. She decided to do office work instead. She did voluntary work at the college library for a year and then had to leave. At the age of 17 she started going to church. She learnt to type at Night School. She then went to an Employment Rehabilitation Centre and they got her a job as a packer of shoe soles. She did this for a year and a half and then she was made redundant. She then had several temporary office jobs and then she got a job as a VDU Clerk. Due to problems coping she was transferred to the packing department, packing watches. She did this for 7 years and then left due to a breakdown. As part of her recovery she went to college to do computing and gained various qualifications, which led to her becoming computer literate. She then got a job at a hospital but was badly bullied so she left. She was then formally diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. She went on to do voluntary work at the Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living for 2 and a half years. She left as funding dried up. Her Mum tragically died a short while afterwards and she spent 6 years living with and supporting her Dad. After that she moved into a newly built one bed roomed flat. After 7 and a half months she started experiencing Mental Health problems. She ended up in a Psychiatric hospital and she was there for just over 1and a half years. She dealt with her issues and was finally discharged in October this year. She is at the moment busy with her book writing amongst other things.

Book Extract

A DIFFICULT BIRTH

I was born on 22 May 1963 at St Francesí Maternity Hospital, London Road, Leicester. I was delivered by Sister Catherine who was eighty years old at the time.

I had a difficult birth, as I was blue all over. This was because the umbilical cord was round my neck. For three days my finger and toenails remained blue. My mother lay there expecting the doctors to come and tell her that something was wrong. She thought that I should be given oxygen. She noticed that I was different right from the start.

When my sister was born eight years later, she compared her with me. When Lucy was just a few days old, she could hold her back and head straight when sitting. I was four months old when I could do this.

My mother told the midwife about me and she said that I should have been put in an oxygen tent.


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