My Life with Aspergers
Asperger's syndrome is one of the most common autistic spectrum disorders which have now been identified in one in every 100 people - 1% of the population! Despite this, relatively little is commonly known about the illness, making it difficult for those with it to understand the world around them and be understood in return.
The social impairment and resulting confusion for those with aspergers has been likened to being in a new culture where language is familiar but subtle expressions, body language and nuances are unknown - the sort of social cues that we all take for granted.
Not properly diagnosed until the age of 26, Megan Hammond struggled through her schooling, her learning difficulties and reclusive nature never recognised as anything different to others who were shy or less academic. Difficulties with social interaction led to her becoming quite reclusive and following her schooling, she constantly battled with frustrated employers, unsympathetic lovers and a health system that didn't full comprehend her.
Her diagnosis changed her world completely, with a tag to place on her condition providing relief, greater confidence and a way to explain to the world around her why she is different.
In an effort to provide advice and support for others with aspergers and their families, Megan has now told her story in a painfully honest account in the hope of that taking us inside her world will bring greater understanding and tolerance from the broader community.
Review: Walk a mile in the shoes of a real story of someone suffering Aspergers. A story of strength, courage, and best of all hope & understanding. There is much that every reader will take away from this book, and appreciate what you have.
My Life with Aspergers
New Holland Australia
Author: Megan Hammond
Interview with Megan Hammond
Did writing this book make it easier or harder for you to understand your syndrome? Megan Hammond
: It was a bit of both because a lot of jigsaw pieces did fall into place. Yet at the same time it was hard to understand why there is not that much information or support for adults. With this book I'm hoping to change things so people can understand it better.
Have family and friends who have read the book found it easier to understand why you have acted the way you did in the past? Megan Hammond
: Yes they have found it easier. For them to read in my own words what I have gone through has been important. It's like certain things are slotting into place for them.
Why did you choose to write the book? Megan Hammond
: The reason why I chose to wrote my book was because I wanted my story to be out there so it could help others also. It was important for me to let people know that they are not alone if they do have the syndrome. It may help family, friends, teachers and others out there.
What emotional journey did writing this book take you on? Megan Hammond
: The book took me on a huge journey because it actually took about five or six years to write. During that time I've grown a lot as a person and also began to understand that there is a future out there as well as potential. I have found my voice through writing this book which has been incredible.
What feedback have you had so far, on your book, My Life with Aspergers? Megan Hammond
: The feedback that I have had so far has been really encouraging. People want to learn more about Asperger's because most don't really know what it is. Sure they have heard of someone who has it yet not actually met anyone with it. I see this as valuable for people who want to learn more about Asperger's and how they cope also.Buy it now at