I am different and I’m okay with that.

Emily - Nampa, Idaho
Entered on January 13, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

I am 14. I have three sisters and two little brothers. I have ADD and autism. People are surprised when I say that I have ADD, but I don’t know how they would react to hearing that I have autism. I didn’t even know I had autism until a year ago. I was shocked that my mom knew but didn’t tell me until I was 13. I was hurt, and for a while I was traumatized. I started being vary self conscious and watching every little thing I did. But after a while I realized I am a wonderful person. I have a ton of friends, I am loved and I have a great life. Now I won’t go telling everyone that I have autism, because I don’t want to be treated differently.None of my friends know that I have autism, but I’m sure they would understand if I told them. My autism isn’t really that bad. I know how to control myself. And even though I won’t ever be the same for knowing that I have autism, I am okay with what I am. I love me, I am beautiful, I am smart, and a lot of boys want to date me. I believe in taking what life gives you, and making the best of it. Live your life, because it doesn’t matter what other people think. As long as you love yourself, life will be full of fun and happiness. It has for me.