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I was diagnosed with Autism at age 8 and I was quite gullible because of it, blind to the world. Through some messed up events I got tricked into being a part of a dark underbelly of gangs and drugs. After 3 and a half years I hated myself, I felt disgusted and I lost so many friends to the dark world I was a part of. Feeling lost and alone with no way out, I tried to kill myself at a house party at 17 and a half years old. Luckily, an off duty EMT was at the party and as he told me later, he recognized the look in my eyes and he saved my life. I am 8 years away from that day. 8 years clean of drugs and I am a writer. The semi colon has come to mean so much to me as I fixed myself and as I helped others and I'm looking forward to wearing this band with pride. I hope that I can help more people just by having it on my wrist. "You only lose once you stop fighting, once you choose not to continue" is what my grandfather used to say.