Embarking on the Asperger’s journey alone sucks. A lot. Some (including us) would say that it is almost impossible to succeed (aka thrive in life) without having a solid support system.
When you look at the etymology of the word support, it comes from “sub”, meaning “Up from under” and “portare”, meaning “to carry”. So in essence, a true support system carries you. It is a community; a system that helps ensure that no one has to shoulder the entire burden. It's a village (whether real or metaphorical).
Without a support system you are left exhausted, sick and stressed nearly 24/7 as you try to handle things well beyond the scope of any one human. That’s probably why Autism moms have stress levels similar to combat veterans. It’s FRICKIN' HARD to do this alone.
People with Asperger’s & Autism aren’t exempt from this. Unless you have a supportive group of peers, family members, doctors, therapists and caring individuals, life is not fun at all, and you can usually forget about having a thriving life.
So how do you gain a support system?