I have to say, ever since I quit “cycling” every month, my autistic life has become So . Much . Easier.
I have gradually lost a ton of anxiety about “what other people will think”, whether or not I fit in, if I’m weird or not, as well as a whole host of other social phobias that used to plague me.
I felt like I was walking around, dragging a long string of tin cans that announced my awkward approach.
It was just wretched.
Since I got off the hormonal roller-coaster, though, everything has gotten so much more mellow. Manageable. Delightful, even. And my strengths are able to come out, versus my deficits.
AND I have a clearer view of what those strengths are.
Whoever’s doing research on the impact of autism on girls and women needs to look at our hormonal profiles. Ideally, they’d come up with some ideas about how we can better navigate the monthly cycle. Because it’s a big friggin’ deal, in so, so many ways.
Here’s hoping they get clued in on that and throw some money at that question, instead of chasing a “cure”.