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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

A Confession, I Guess

I'm not sure that confession is the right word. I was in the Boston Globe yesterday. I didn't get a review published or anything like that. In fact, I would have written about this yesterday, but I've been trying to decide whether or not to say anything. You can read the article here. I have Asperger's Syndrome. If you don't know, Asperger's Syndrome is a mild form of autism. You can learn more about it here. My feelings are in the article.

This is a unique event in my life, putting my greatest - I don't want to say flaw, but I can't think of the right word - on display for the whole world to see. It's liberating, and yet it's incredibly terrifying. I can only hope that you'll accept me for who I am.

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Blogger Damian said...

Dan,

First of all, let me say how incredibly brave of you it was to admit this in the article and on your blog. I admire you tremendously for it. Of course we will accept you. Asperger's is not a "disease" and it does not define you. It is merely another facet to you. One that makes you exceptional and, hopefully, helps you to better understand yourself.

I remember when I first discovered about Asperger's several years ago. It was a revelation to me. It helped explain so many of the problems/issues that I had been facing in my own personal and professional life. It hasn't necessarily made things easier (the tasks that were always difficult are STILL difficult), but it answered a lot of questions I'd been asking for so long: Why are the things that seem so easy for everyone else so hard for me? Why do I have these bizarre characteristics that make me "different?" Why can't I just be like everyone else? Asperger's provided an answer: because you're NOT like everyone else. You are special. This news was very liberating and it has made me far more at peace with myself.

Plus, Steven Spielberg has Asperger's, so we're in good company. :)

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