Why did yoy diu choose me? I'm so confused.
Others laugh at me and make me feel sad.
I spend most of my time alone, never included in anything.
Why did you choose me? I don't understand.
I'm so odd or so I am told by my family.
One day, my heart opened up and let light in.
I picked up a pen and began to write about where I came from.
I cried many nights, as I reflected on the many rejections I had in my life because of my differences.
So, Autism, I finally know why you chose me...
You chose me to be a voice, so I could change other lives.
This has to be one of my favorite poems. it’s in a simple format that really looks like a grocery list. Typically, when people say that they are proud to be, they mention they’re proud to be intelligent, clever and so forth. In this piece I call out the fact that I’m proud to be disabled. You don’t hear that very often, so I just want to make it known that God made me a certain way for a reason. Therefore, I’m proud to be. This is not to say that it isn’t difficult but you can’t have a testimony without going through test.”