Most people assume that I’m slow.
Some people are shocked that I’m smart enough to talk.
I was emotionally delayed by 15 years. That diagnosis was based on a lack of empathy.
For some reason, I stopped maturing at 7.
Luckily, I started again around 22 years old. Now that I’m 50, I have the mental age of a 35-year-old. It’s no big deal now. But when I was 20, I had the mental age of a 7-year-old. It was a problem then.
In my book, Learning Empathy: The Memoirs of an Autistic Savant, these are my stories of how I learned empathy despite a life of institutional abuse.
They say that Hard Lives Build Great Hearts and I am evidence that that is true.
Click the link to purchase your copy of my book Learning Empathy: The Memoirs of an Autistic Savant. All profits from this book go to a 12-step group founded in Illinois.
The purpose of this 12-step group is to help people recover after being in a psychiatric hospital or other traumatic situation.
By purchasing my book, you not only learn about what I went through, but can be a part in helping others like me.