When I was born, I was a late talker, and was part-time in special education. Things then started to seem better, until my grades started rapidly declining in high school. I then started to question whether the connection between autism and genius was legitimate, and discovered solid evidence countering this assertion. In short, most geniuses throughout history actually had good social skills, and could stay on task. Unemployment is the norm, not the exception, among autistic people. The full story about my experience with autism and my desire for a cure is written here.
While doing research on the causes for autism, I discovered a 2011 study (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/children-with-autism-have-distinct-facial-features-study/) which claimed that certain autistics had different facial features than non-autistics. Those features included wide-spaced eyes and a shorter nasal width. I saw that this perfectly described my face. I then consulted with award-winning neurologist Dr. Manuel Casanova about my idea. He said that it sounded worthwhile, and I should write about it on his blog.
I went to a plastic surgeon, who confirmed that the muscle on my forehead was working too hard. So far, I have had three injections, as documented on Dr. Casanova’s blog. This has been a positive experience overall. I work a customer service representative job, and now I can stay focused and easily converse with people. It is far easier for me to connect with people on an everyday basis. Additionally, my scientific thought has been noted in academia. While I have given up some sensory experiences, the trade off has been worth it.
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Picture of my face, July 15, 2016, before the first injection
I had the first injection three days later on July 18, 2016.
Picture of my face, July 19, 2016, after the first injection
Notice that the muscle at the top of my nose is less tense.
Picture of my face, June 22, 2017, after three injections
Notice that the muscle at the top of my nose is significantly less tense.
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