Autism and Chocolate

I’m a bit of a chocolate freak. It’s true. I think almost every day I have something chocolate covered or flavored. During my pregnancy, I remember eating peanut butter and chocolate sandwiches. I don’t stuff myself with chocolate, as it truly wreaks havoc on my system and I would be about 12 sizes bigger, but I do enjoy a small chocolate treat when I can.

Lindt is one of my favorites, especially their truffles. Petite chocolate globes of goodness. I love to hear the shells crack open in my mouth and feel the insides melt slowly on my tongue…yeah, it’s pretty amazing.

So, when I read this Unsung Heroes on the net, I said, ” That’s great! One of my favorite companies is acknowledging autism. But…No way. I don’t have a chance. There isn’t anything that I have done that could warrant that?”  Is there?

Now, I haven’t been working at this very long, in the blogging sense. But I have been very vocal about making people aware of what’s going on in my life and how Asperger’s has shaped that life. I get emails from folks who tell me what an impact my writing has given them. They feel a kinship that they are not going through by themselves. They feel less alone. I can’t tell you what that means to me.

I started this as a way to get the word out, but there are so many other people out there with so many other words. How will my words make a difference? I guess they do, as I have a few thousand blog hits in a short time, syndication on Autisable, a writing series with Hartley Steiner, working with wonderful kids who have Autism, ADHD and Bipolar disorder and a few other surprises that I am holding on to for now. But I was downplaying it. Somewhere in my mind, I felt I hadn’t done enough, that I should be this or should be that.

My best friend, J.T., who has a fabulous blog on his own, told me the other day, “Don’t naysay your success.”  I was doing that. I was diminishing it, making it smaller in my eyes. “Look how far you’ve come!” He was right, as usual. He’s the voice of reason and clarity to me when I get overwhelmed.

I do not have a degree in this subject (but I am working on it). I do not have my own facility (which is one of my goals). I do not have people working under me (but would have people working with me). But I think I am making a difference in people’s lives by simply being on their level. I feel like I’m the Norma Rae of the Asperger’s community. I started small, but my dreams are big and sometimes feel they are beyond my reach. And yet, I feel confident enough to know that I can do it. And that, in my mind, is an ordinary person attempting to do extraordinary things. 

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0 thoughts on “Autism and Chocolate

  • July 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I love chocolate too, so do not feel alone! My favorite is Nutella, have you ever had that? It is a chocolate hazelnut spread; it tastes great with bread! Your blogs are great. I would love to share them with our community. I am a Language Stimulation Specialist at a speech therapy center in Miami. I post many articles on communication wellness and awareness and would love for you to visit us at Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  • July 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I’m in love with your blog. I will definitely be bookmarking it. As well, I will let all the fans of ECR (Early Childcare Resources) on Facebook of your blog-page.

  • July 18, 2010 at 2:50 am

    Your message is strong! You will go far! (oooh, that sounds like a fortune cookie, my bad! But it’s true!)

  • July 17, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Great! I read somewhere that autisable was growing very quickly! You shouldn’t downplay your success, instead keep pushing while enjoying it. Good luck in your future endeavors. Brain Balance is paying attention…
    Brain Balance Centers
    Effective Education for Kids With Mild to Moderate Autism


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