Anita Lesko BSN,RN,MS,CRNA

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"Asperger's syndrome is poorly understood by most people. In fact, many people in the medical and mental health fields truly do not comprehend the magnitude of the challenges that people with Asperger's face, much less how to help them."

"Famous people who may have had Asperger's syndrome include Albert Einstein, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, ThThomas Jefferson, Thomas Edison, and Charles Lindbergh."

"Research has shown that people with autism and Asperger's have extremely low levels of oxytocin. Oxytocin is known as the bonding hormone, and it is produced naturally by the body. Since oxytocin plays a key role in a person's ability to socially interact, this could be a major factor in a person with Asperger's not being able to make friends and having such difficulty socializing with people."

"Obviously learning how to give anesthesia is a complex, intense course of study.That in itself is a major stress. Combine that with having AS and all the negative social interactions to deal with, my adrenaline would be on overload at any given time."

"When I was in elementary school, the teachers and principal had no idea what to do with me. One day I was placed in a class of mentally-handicapped children. Had my mother not been the tireless advocate for me that she was (and still is!), who knows what would have become of me."

"Lady Gaga is another person who inspires me, especially after I saw her being interviewed by Larry King. She talked about being bullied when she was young, and not fitting in."