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The Girl In The Panda Hat & The Other Side Bundle

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A bundle containing both of WillowHope's books - you can either have paperback copies or PDF instant downloads (please be sure to make your selection carefully).

The Other Side: Living With Asperger Syndrome

I wrote this book to try and help other people with Asperger Syndrome, and their families. I hope that my experiences and the way I have dealt with situations will guide others so that they can further understand themselves, feel less alone, and hopefully go about getting the help they need – whether that’s a diagnosis, or just ways to cope as a person on the spectrum, in a world full of people who see things differently.

I talk about my childhood and how that fits into place and makes sense to me now that I am diagnosed. I also speak about my struggles through school and my teenage years, and how this was the most difficult time in my life, but was also when I found out I was on the spectrum. I then go on to talk about my partner and my new life with him; my various projects on raising awareness of the Autistic Spectrum and how I have learnt to cope with being an Aspie living in a normal world.
“WillowHope, like many people on the autism spectrum, is a visual thinker.  She can peek back to her earliest memories and bring them to life with detail and elaboration as fresh and vivid as a sharply taken photograph.  WillowHope’s story is like her name, filled with hope.  She expresses her memories with articulate thoughts that bring the reader into the world of Asperger syndrome and autism.” – from the foreword by Liane Holliday Willey

I wanted to write this book in a style which would be the most helpful for everyone, whether you’re on the spectrum or are a parent/family member/friend (etc.) of someone who is. After much debate (with myself) I opted to write it in two halves, which run parallel to each other. The first half is my story and how I’ve navigated my way through life. The second half is all advice based; things which I found to be helpful (or unhelpful) and things which, looking back, I feel would have been useful to my situation (and hopefully other people’s situations as well).

The reason I chose to run them parallel to each other is so that you can relate my story directly to the advice sections, which are placed after each chapter. I didn’t want to break the tone and tense of my story, but I didn’t want to miss out vital information either.

I hope that you find this format to be useful; I have also included some parts at the end which didn’t have a place anywhere else in the book, but are definitely worth a read.

I called the book ‘The Other Side’ because, for the vast majority of my life, I had to struggle through as a confused, undiagnosed Aspie – and with the clarity of the diagnosis, I feel able to look back through everything that has happened (from the other side) and figure out why things went the way they did, and hopefully from that, give useful insight and advice which I hope will be valuable to you, the reader.

I’ve had parts of this book written for years – it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m so excited that it’s finally happened.

It took a long time for me to feel okay enough to look back over all the negatives and write about them in a non-angry way, so that they would actually be of use to people. The very first few chapters have been re-written several times, each time becoming less filled with bitterness, until this point where I can happily say that I don’t resent anything that’s happened, anymore, and am sure that it has only resulted in my being a stronger person.

I felt that if my experiences throughout life, both before and after a diagnosis, are going to help people if they read about it, then I should definitely write about it!

WillowHope is a young woman diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Scotopic Sensitivity and anxiety disorder. She left school with only two GCSE’s and has since made it her goal to work on raising awareness of Autism and Asperger’s using YouTube and her various creative outlets; writing, graphic design, art and photography. She lives with her partner who also has Asperger Syndrome.
 

Publish Date:  2nd April 2014 (Autism Awareness Day)     

Category: Self Help | Asperger Syndrome | Autobiography
ISBN: 978-0-9927847-5-1
Pages: 
376
Author: WillowHope
Foreword: Liane Holliday Willey

The Girl In The Panda Hat

A collection of short stories and poems written by a teenager with Asperger Syndrome.

 

Willow was diagnosed as a teen due to her social awkwardness throughout school which, coupled with the pressures of growing up, made it a very difficult time for her. She battled constantly with depression and writing was the only way she could deal with her emotions; the majority of this book was written in the midst of a nervous breakdown. She wanted to release this book to help other teens who are finding it difficult to cope, or for parents who are struggling to understand their Aspergic teenager. Willow made it through to the other side unharmed, and wants to prove that no matter how dark it becomes, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

Poem excerpt: 

 

"What If It’s Lost?  

Somewhere lost in time, 
I’m right there waiting, 
Trying to see what’s mine, 
But I’m still hesitating, 
I lost myself so long ago, 
And I’m no longer here, 
I don’t have the things I used to know, 
All I’m left with is my fear,  
I’m scared that you won’t see, 
The person I used to be, 
Please help me find the girl, 
That should be staring back at me." 

More Excerpts

More about 'The Girl In The Panda Hat' 

Publish Date:  November 27th 2013     
Category:  Poetry | Short Stories | Aspergers Syndrome
ISBN: 978-0-9927847-0-6

This is the 2nd edition of the first book by WillowHope, she is a self-published author.

The 2nd edition has an extra chapter at the end containing 4 new poems. 

For more reviews, please click here and here (1st edition reviews).

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