Supporting The A Word

 

Hey Everyone,

I have a request. If you can do it that’s wonderful. If not that’s okay too. No explanation needed. If it speaks to you to share this post on your facebook page that would be wonderful too!

I’ve just sent the following letter off to one of our local PBS stations, TPT.

I am also going to post this on my older blog Wisdom Tarawww.wisdomtara.com and will ask for support there as well. I've already posted it to my facebook page.

This is the email address for TPT if you are local to the TPT viewing area and would like to write to them too, and this is the website for PBS if you’d like to contact your local PBS stations.

Email:  viewerservices@tpt.org
Website” PBS.org

Thank you!

My letter below. Feel free to copy it and insert your own local or personal info.

Dear TPT,

My name is Nellie Moore and I am an autistic women, diagnosed in December 2014 at age 53.

Since receiving my diagnosis part of my mission has been to support and advocate for others who are autistic and their families in whatever ways I am able.

Today I came across this program called The A Word.

http://www.theguardian.com/…/…/05/autism-tv-drama-the-a-word

The drama has been broadcast in the UK and is now making it’s way to Canada. I learned about it today from the Autism Ontario facebook page. I would love to see a positive, educational, supportive light being shed on Autism.

I would welcome the opportunity to watch this program and my thoughts are that across the PBS broadcasting system others would feel the same. I am not a current contributor to the PBS family, though our family has been in the past. I can promise you that should this program make it to PBS and our local TPT Station I will be contributing in whatever way that I can.

I would like to see it available nationwide for all.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.

Sincerely,

Nellie P. Moore

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Yes . . . I AM

I'm sharing a link to a blog posted by chavisory. It's a powerful post about the importance of being who we are.

My own thoughts on this are as follows. I too grew up undiagnosed and it was only December 2014 at age 53 that I finally had answers. The struggle to not be who I was, even not knowing, finally led to my equivalent of a collapse in 2008 and I was hospitalized for the better part of a month. They diagnosed it as Depression and Anxiety and PTSD. They never saw or looked for Autism. It was me who knew there was something else and kept looking and it's now that I can see that all of those years of denial of who I was, who I am is what led to my collapse. Trying to hold it all together had finally run it's course. Parents have to know that this is who we are.

chavisory

 

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The Yoga Of Self Care

I've been a meditator and had a yoga practice of one kind or another over many years. I've had periods when I've not sat or taken advantage of the benefits of yoga and meditation and every time I come back to my practice I wonder why I stepped away because each time I come back my practice is deeper and richer and I remember how much it helps me.

One of my favorite forms of yoga is a practice called Restorative Yoga which involves slow passive movements that I've find very helpful in managing stress and fatigue.

One of my favorite books in this area is Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times - By Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.

I have it on my Kindle and love it.

This link will take you to a nice read on Restorative Yoga.  Enjoy.

 

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Feeding The Soul

This is positively wonderful!

Dad Starts Autism-Friendly Dinner Club For Families

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The Sweet Power Of Trees

Trees have been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. The first time I saw the second Lord of The Rings movie and I saw the Ents ( Giant Tree Like Beings) I felt like I had found some of my tribe. Redwoods are some of my favorites and the memory of walking among them at the University of California at Santa Cruz remains with me almost 20 years later.

Here are a couple of great reads on the sweetness of trees.  Enjoy!

Tree Hugging

Tree Research

The post above was written as an entry for my blog Wisdom Tara on January 3, 2016. I'm transferring over those posts that I have written since the beginning of this year to Aspien At Heart ©. At the time I wrote the post I had not yet decided to create Aspien At Heart ©

Please Note, the information and services provided by or through Aspien At Heart, & Compassion Arising LLC,  Nellie P. Moore, or other advertisers, or providers of services on this website & blog are not to be used to treat or diagnose any condition, disease, client, patient, or individual. The ideas, information and services provided are not intended to be a substitute for consult or treatment with a qualified physician, therapist, or other qualified helping professional.

Challenges, Strengths, & Opportunities

Yesterday's post, One Year In was like dipping my toe in the waters, testing the temperatures for where I want to go next. I've been thinking about who I am really,  and what is important to me as I've moved through the end of my first year of official diagnosis.

I mentioned yesterday that I have read several books over the past year that have been helpful in understanding myself better, where I'm going and what I want. The suggested reading list is on my calender to create this weekend.  Stay tuned and look for a page devoted to those books.

One of those books I've recently read is called I AM Aspien Woman - The Unique Characteristics, Traits, and Gifts of AdultFemales on the Autism Spectrum by Tania Marshall, M.Sc.. I highly recommend it and other books she has written.

Reading Tania's book helped me to see myself as more than a set of challenges and inspired me to entertain the idea that I have strengths, what Tania calls, "AspienPowers - gifts, strengths and or abilities".

For example, until reading her book I had no idea how many traits and strengths I shared with other Aspien women. It was like turning on a spotlight and shining it on the large community that I am a part of, not even realizing how connected I am. It's been liberating to say the least.

I want to use Wisdom Tara to explore these traits and strengths and live my life in a richer, more fulfilled way and I invite you to participate as you feel so inspired.

Tomorrow will be the first of many posts I'll be makingon my own challenges, strengths, & opportunities as an Autistic women. I'm excited to share this adventure with you.

Here's to the amazing women that we are!

The post above was written as an entry for my blog Wisdom Tara on January 2, 2016. I'm transferring over those posts that I have written since the beginning of this year to Aspien At Heart ©. At the time I wrote the post I had not yet decided to create Aspien At Heart ©

Please Note, the information and services provided by or through Aspien At Heart, & Compassion Arising LLC,  Nellie P. Moore, or other advertisers, or providers of services on this website & blog are not to be used to treat or diagnose any condition, disease, client, patient, or individual. The ideas, information and services provided are not intended to be a substitute for consult or treatment with a qualified physician, therapist, or other qualified helping professional.

One Year In

One Year In . . . so what does that mean?

For me it means I've just marked the end of the first year of my diagnosis as an Autistic Women.

I've experienced a range of emotions, from relief that I finally had answers, to the stages of Grief that Elisabeth Kübler-Ross outlined in her book On Death and Dying, to anger at what I felt was lost that I could not get back.

It's not that I literally died, but that in order to live in this world, the Neurotypical world that is, I felt I had to take on another identity. Pass, fit in, pretend to be someone I was not. Being a chameleon is exhausting and I am so done with it.

The stages of grief that I've felt over the past year have been about me realizing all of the ways that I was denied my identity, either by others, or myself, in an attempt to fit in.

For a long time I internalized the anger and grief I felt, wondering what was wrong with me that I did not fit in. That no matter what I did, I felt I had no place where I felt at home.

After my diagnosis in December 2014 I was able to begin processing and releasing the anger and grief in a healthy way. To understand the medical professionalsover the years who never saw what was going on, who totally missed my diagnosis, or mis-diagnosed me.

I understand better now what it means to be an Autistic Women and how much was an unknown about Autism when I was born in 1961. Girls and women were not the focus. Even now there is still so much left to learn about girls and women who are Autistic. We are finding our voices as we become diagnosed, whether that is self diagnosis, or going through with testing and having a formal diagnosis.

Our voices are beautiful and powerful and show up in all kinds of ways. We don't have to be verbal to shout down stereotypes. We can be powerful through our abilities as writers and using assistivetechnology when it's needed, or helpful. For others our voices may come though our creative mediums in painting or sculpture or some other art form. We might be machinists or engineers, or working in the health care system. We are women, partners, spouses, mothers, sisters, daughters and more. We love, and we are loved.

Over the past year I've read several helpful books written by women who are Autistic. Some of them have been personal biographies and others have been a collection of stories of women who are Autistic.

In the coming days I'll be creating a suggested reading list of these books and posting the list here on Wisdom Tara.

These stories inspire me and fill my heart with hope that together we are are astrong voice bringing change for the better. I have a voice too and I am adding it to our growing numbers.

The post above was written as an entry for my blog Wisdom Tara on January 1, 2016. I'm transferring over those posts that I have written since the beginning of this year to Aspien At Heart ©.

Please Note, the information and services provided by or through Aspien At Heart, & Compassion Arising LLC,  Nellie P. Moore, or other advertisers, or providers of services on this website & blog are not to be used to treat or diagnose any condition, disease, client, patient, or individual. The ideas, information and services provided are not intended to be a substitute for consult or treatment with a qualified physician, therapist, or other qualified helping professional.

New Beginnings

My Identity has been in transition since beginning my discovery process. When I began this whole thing my blog and website was called Cantadora LLC. I transitioned from my website Cantadora LLC last January to a blog I created that has been hosted on WordPress called Wisdom Tara which is the English translation of my Buddhist name, Sherab Droma which looks like this in Sanskrit ཤེས་རབ་སྒྲོལ་མ།. This name was given to me when I took my Buddhist Vows several years ago.

Moving through this past year since my diagnosis I've become very clear about my identity as an autistic women and that it's important for me to also be an advocate in whatever way I can for other women. ASPIEN AT HEART is the result and my heart is singing with possibility! I'm excited to explore and share all that it means to be Aspien At Heart ©.

 

Please Note, the information and services provided by or through Aspien At Heart, & Compassion Arising LLC,  Nellie P. Moore, or other advertisers, or providers of services on this website & blog are not to be used to treat or diagnose any condition, disease, client, patient, or individual. The ideas, information and services provided are not intended to be a substitute for consult or treatment with a qualified physician, therapist, or other qualified helping professional.