Scott’s Story

Hey Andrew it’s Scott*,

I don’t think I ever formally thanked you for getting me through these past couple of years. You’re one of the most important individuals in my life and you’re one of the best men I know. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for you, maybe not in college or even alive for that matter. You saved my life. And, you did it when I thought I had nothing to live for or contribute. That’s something no one else could have ever done for me. Now I know, whether I become a superstar or not, that I can be a model for others and make a difference in people’s lives as well as my own, and that I can accept myself for who I am, even on the down days.

I now know I can make decisions and own them for real. I can go wherever is best for me and I feel free. As I look back, I realized that I have been a success all along to this point. I have made it through the struggles of being a kid with autism, anxiety, mood and cognitive distortions. We faced it head on, and because of you I have a future.

I chose the university I started attending this fall because it was a risk and it might serve me well to take a risk and learn from it. I think socially, I will be just fine, as I have met some good people and I’m very excited about my travel plans. If my major doesn’t work out, or if something happens, I know I can always transfer to somewhere I’ll fit in better. I was a little anxious for the first couple of days, and I basically held back tears for the first two. But college in general is very different socially and I think I’ll be fine.

I’ll be honest in saying, initially, my parents and I didn’t look at the folders you gave me, and I owe you an apology. I want you to know I very much respect you for reaching out and helping me when I’m away. The next time my parents come to town, we will go together to look into those services.

I hope you’re doing well Andrew. You should be very proud of what you accomplished in helping me and others get better. I wish you the best. You and JSSA are doing great things.

Sincerely,

Scott

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