Susan Boyle and Asperger’s

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In one of the most confusing posts I have seen recently, Susan Boyle says she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and that “it is a relief” to have the right label for her condition.   Okay, anyone who has seen her knows that she is a little different and most doctors could have made this diagnosis via the broadcast in about ten seconds. In fact, that is what made it so cool when she became a global sensation on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009.   Getting a diagnosis really doesn’t change anything now, does it?    Susan said that “I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me”.  That also confuses me.   Yes, I am sure her life was pretty hard and she still has issues.  That being said, life is weird and her quirkiness actually helped her sell millions of records, and even get her a big-screen debut in the holiday movie “The Christmas Candle.”  Maybe life isn’t so unfair anymore, huh?  This post is not to hammer Susan Boyle but to instead point out that labels or diagnoses aren’t as important as many people think they are.  As much as I feel for some of the problems she has had in life I think she is lucky to be blessed with that voice.  Not many other handicapped or disabled people have been able to capitalize as much as she has.  And many still suffer with our without a diagnosis. 

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