I can identify with this experience as well. Knowing that God and my family accepted me just as I am, was key to helping me accept myself. I think it's wonderful that you decided to help children by advocating for acceptance for them.
right on girl! To have a purpose is to live! I was always "different"...I still am, but now that I am a mother to 3 kids on the spectrum, my purpose is clear! It takes all types of people to make this world function....It took me a long time to get that, because being young is HARD!!!!! It is also very hard that I feel more knowlegeable than most doctors or proffesionals...I've lived it, and now I have the challenge of my issues, and my kids issues...we are mighty Warriors! when you accept who you are, so much good can come from that!!!!