After years of waiting, I finally got my first appointment with a neurologist.
It was my first time seeing a neurology specialist, and it was a great day.
Blue Sky, a Baltimore-based neurology practice, was the first one to admit I was autistic.
They sent me to see a neurologic specialist in New York, and my neurologist, Dr. Stephen C. Vigneron, did the rest.
I got to see him in person for a week.
And he was wonderful.
He was able to tell me that I was different from other people I’ve talked to about autism.
He also said I was just trying to get ahead.
It’s an amazing story, and one I’ll always cherish.
I’ve been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, which is a form of autism, and Vigners first diagnosis, in 2011, was actually the first time he diagnosed me with a neurological condition.
VIGNERON: I was in the midst of doing a clinical study for a pharmaceutical company.
And it turned out that they wanted to test a drug that might help people with Aspies with a chronic form of depression.
I was on it, and I was really excited about it.
VIGEL: It’s one of those things that you’ve got to go through your whole life to be able to understand.
It is a very complicated disease, and a very common one.
It causes social withdrawal, and depression.
And a lot of people have this chronic form, and they think that’s their entire life.
And that’s not the case.
It really is a chronic condition that you can live with for a lifetime.
VAGEL: I thought that was the worst thing that could happen to me.
I had no idea what I was doing was wrong.
VICKERS: It was a very frustrating experience.
VIRGILIUS: I did have a problem with my hair.
I didn’t know what it was, and the doctor didn’t really have any specific suggestions.
I ended up spending a lot more time with him because I thought he was really knowledgeable about the way my hair looked.
It turned out he had a little bit of an expertise in hair.
He told me I had a problem.
VACER: I started seeing my neurologists as early as I could, because I was trying to learn more about autism, which was very difficult because I had never been diagnosed.
I started at a neurologists in Washington, D.C., and by the time I got there, I was a bit older and more experienced, and had gotten some good treatment at my parents’ practice.
VITTER: I have a lot in common with my father.
He’s a neurosurgeon and was also diagnosed with autism.
I thought, Well, this is going to be hard for me to transition into.
And then I started hearing from people who had been on a medication for autism and were transitioning into their own lives, like me, who were also starting to get some kind of help from the neurologists.
So I went to see them and said, “I’m going to have to get my own medication,” and I had to talk to my father about that.
I’m going through a lot right now.
VITCHEN: My dad and I started dating when I was six.
And we’ve been together ever since.
VICARO: My mother had bipolar disorder, and her bipolar disorder got really out of control when I got older.
I went through an episode of depression and my mom had a stroke that killed her.
My mom was able, when she came to her senses, to get her medication and I stayed off it for a long time.
My dad got on a drug called Risperdal for a while and my mother was able — I guess she took a little medication, and then it went downhill.
VICTORIO: My son is also autistic.
His autism went through a bit of a roller coaster.
My son had a lot to learn about the world, and that was really important to him.
He did well at school.
He had a good academic record, so it’s been a little more difficult for him.
And at times, it’s made it hard for him to be a good parent.
VICHEL: The first time I met my husband, we had a big fight over our marriage.
We got married, and we were still living together when he was diagnosed.
VINCE: The next time I saw my son, I saw him very early on, and he was at my house in California.
And I asked him, “Why did you get married to a woman?”
And he said, Because she was so attractive.
He said, Why don’t you just be like me and just marry me?
And I said, I have two daughters, and this is something that’s going to hurt my daughters.
And his answer was, Well I don’t know.