As has been requested (endlessly) EK's Star Log is returning to the internet. You can still read the original archive here... https://eelkat.wordpress.com
The reason you couldn't find it is because I set it to private un-index mode, meaning it no longer shows up in Google search results and can only be accessed by a direct link.
Meaning, if you didn't have the url for it, no amount of searching for it would tell you how to find it. Anyone who had the url could still access it though.
I had set it to private September 23, 2013, intending to move each page here to EelKat.com... however, November 14, 2013, after only moving about 30 pages, I was beaten up and left paralyzed for 5 months, then spent 18 months relearning to walk. I am still crippled and have limited mobility.
Below is one of the blog posts that originally appeared on EK's Star Log. The original articles are still online but no longer indexed in Google. Links to the original article, are included with this post, as is the original posting date. Clicking the links will take you to the original site, where you can see the old Space Dock 13 website still online. Space Dock 13 as it looked when hosted on WordPress from 2003 to 2013.
Autism = The Crazy Cat Woman of Maine
I have Autism, though I didn’t know it until just less than 2 years ago! (2005) I always knew I was “different”, but I grew up at a time when, children who were “different” were quickly labeled as either retarded, stubborn, rebellious, or schizophrenic and all of these labels had been used on me by the time I was 4 years old.
I guess in the last 30 years people have become more civilized, because now, teachers try to find a diagnosis instead of just name calling.
Growing up, I had great difficulty with things that others found easy to do, and yet, stuff they found difficult, I found easy. I had started reading and writing at age 3, but was never able to learn how to spell words properly, and could not make numbers stick in my head no matter how hard I tried.
Today, 30 years later, I still can’t spell, but I’ve developed spell-checking “tricks” to get around it and I still can’t do math, though I can do basic addition and subtraction, and can count money enough to get by.
Today as an adult people call me “The Crazy Cat Woman of Maine”. I currently have 13 cats. All former ferals. People look at you and judge you because you look different, dress different, act different, talk different, whatever. Cats don’t judge.
Cats love you without demanded you wear the same cloths they do, talk like them, act like them . . . they don’t care, that you don’t wear fur, purr, or sleep in the sun all day . . . . they love you anyways. As the years went by, my longing for human contact grew, but lack of understanding about me, about autism, about Autism, means that in 34 years, I have had exactly 4 friends.
One when I was a kid, but by the time I was 9 her parents had banned her from contact with me. Three when I was a teenager. All three of whom moved away and forgot to write.
I have meet thousands of people in my life time. All of them trespassing home invaders with no respect for my privacy.
I’ve tried being friends with all of them, but no one wants to be friends with you when you are like me, and so my army of cats, dogs, roosters, rabbits, fish, goats, horses, squirrels, birds, and parrots steadily grew over the years. Animal rescue became my life.
In the past 30 years more than 5,000 animals have made their home with me. I started out “crazy”, and due to the way I was treated, or rather neglected by humans, I grew up to become the infamous Crazy Cat Woman of Maine.
The biggest challenge is my difficulty in talking (speaking verbally, face-to-face) and making eye contact, and my needed to have everything “in order”. I became a writer, due to it being my preferred form of communication, rather than speaking verbally. And I live in an alphabetized and color coordinated life.
Have you ever tried looking up information about Autism? After I was told I most likely had it, I wanted to know what it was I supposedly most likely had. I found books at the library and sites on Google, all on the same basic theme:
- ># help for parents of a child with Autism
- ># what to look for in an Autism child
- ># why your Autism child does the things he does
- ># surviving the trauma of raising a child with Autism
- ># etc, etc, etc . . .
Everyone tells you what it’s like to raise a kid with Autism, but no one ever tells you what it’s like to be the kid with Autism or what life is like through their eyes, and what about once they grow up? Yes, children with Autism do eventually grow up and become adults with Autism. But here’s the thing, you think it’s hard to be a kid with Autism? Do you have any idea how hard it is to be an adult with Autism?
I have Autism, and a lot of people don’t understand what it is, or what it’s like to have it or how hard it is to try to live with people who can’t understand why you do the things you do. Well, that is why I decided to create this lens. I know what it’s like to live with it. I’m not a doctor or a parent giving an outsiders view of what it is. I’m it, in and of itself. You can find out more about how I live my life here: http://www.squidoo.com/EelKat
The section above was originally written in 2007. A 2017 10th Anniversary update is coming soon and will appear in this section below.
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