UNIQUE COMMITTEE MEMBER
I too was aware that I was different from a very early age without really understanding what the difference was. It was a different era and not something that I was able to talk about. It was long before the internet came to life, so there was no access to information. I thought I was just odd and did my best to get by. By and large I coped, although I have always been rather solitary, and eventually married, having convinced myself that I could be strong and make it all go away.
Needless to say, it never does, but I stayed in the closet for a long time. My wife did eventually find out, and has been very supportive ever since. That unlocked the door. I found Unique and with their support Kathy spread her wings.