My name is Kasey. I'm almost 22 years old. I was diagnosed when I was 16. For some reason I chose to ignore my diagnosis until recently. I decided a few months ago that I would like to reach out and try to meet other people with aspergers and that was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. I contacted the Autism Society of Maine and they got me in touch with their adult social group. I've been 3 times now and I love it. The first evening I went I was extremely nervous. I thought I was going to get sick, it took me 30 minutes just to get in the building. but when i did I felt safe. I tend to worry a lot of what others think of me and here i don't have to worry at all. I did not speak at all for the first 2 meetings and no one said anything about that. Very rarely i'll be invited to go out with a group of friends from high school and they always make comments like "ohh your still not talking." or "I see your just as shy as usual". I don't tend to talk much but here I feel like even though i'm not speaking, i'm still having conversations with these people. Sometimes it gets too loud and I can just step out for a few minutes come back in and that's ok no one says anything or teases me about it. I still have a difficult time going in alone. Last Thursday my soon to be mother in law came with me and she said that it did open her eyes up. it gave her a better understanding. I never know how to end these things. I don't even know if anyone is going to see or read this, it just feels good to get it out.