A lot of people have seen my first book that has gone to thousands of families for free. The book leaves off at a point where I get on a Greyhound bus in Barstow, California headed for Salt Lake City.
What's the big idea about that? The premise of the book is my growing up undiagnosed (autism and bi-polar disorder) through a chaotic childhood. It was my experiences growing up in an age and location where they just weren't diagnosing my age group for those things. Even though they sent me to a hospital at age 12/13, my diagnosis remained "guarded" for the full scale of it.
In Raised in Hell, I survived a chaotic life that involved:
-living in foster homes (some abusive) during my parents divorce (approx age 4)
-living with an abusive (drunk and drugged) step parent until I ran away from home at 14 (started age 6)
-having self abusive seizure like episodes that I am now medicated for (from age 6 on)
-surviving violent bullying from grade 5 until I left home at age 14 (due to moving this involved several different schools)
-never understanding myself as a person
If you want to catch up before I go on, you can download my book here for free: LINK
Just scroll down the page until you see the title and the word "download". It is SAFE. You will get a simple PDF.
From this edition forward, my blog will take you into the memoirs of what happened after I got on that bus and headed to Salt Lake City, where I believed I was going to be picked up by an adult who knew me. Well, I can tell you I wasn't picked up by anyone when I got off that bus, but that's for next time.
So I hope you will follow along in the continuation of my story as I moved into a stage of life where I had to learn to fend for myself. That would be from late age 16 into my adult years, still unaware of my medical conditions and still misjudged for them. Still a shining example of why diagnosis, care and support are important. Remember, I wasn't diagnosed until around 2005-2006 after my son was diagnosed at age 3.
Until then, support each over and be good to yourselves.