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You are more than a number, statistic or fraction,
You are more than a stranger’s glance or reaction.
You are more than a puzzle piece or a missing link,
You are more than what the world may think.

You are more than a stigma or sign which you're labeled,
You are more than “special”, diseased, different, disabled. 
You are more than a whisper, you are more than a name,
You are more than rejection, you are more than others' blame. 

You are more than vibrations that torture your ears,
You are more than disorder that drives you to tears.
You are more than emotion you can't read or display,
You are more than the words you’re unable to say. 

You are more than your bullies who push you down,
You are more than your teachers who won’t help you off the ground.
You are more than your doctors who gave up and quit, 
You are more than society would care to admit. 

You are more than progress which may be slow,
You are more than accomplishments which may or may not show. 
You are more than what you were taught to believe,
You are more than what you can and can't achieve. 

You are more than thoughts trapped in your mind,
You are more than your "friends" who left you behind. 
You are more than a misunderstanding, misconception, misconstrued 
mistake,
You are more than numerous medications and therapies you take. 

You are more than overtaken, over-stressed, overwhelmed. 
You are more than your imagination, a boundless realm. 
You are more than your fears, you are more than your confusion. 
You are more than boundaries and limits, an invisible illusion. 

You are more than our misguided culture, in which you struggle being you,
Because bearing judgement on others is all we seem to know how to do. 
You are more than which everyone cannot understand. 
But please know more than anything,
You are more than worthy, 
You are more than loved,
You are more than cherished,
You are more. 

This poem is based on my own childhood experiences growing up with Autism Spectrum Disorder and at times feeling like the entire world was against me. If it wasn't for the incredible support of my family that pushed me to believe that I was more than who everyone told me I was, I still wouldn't believe in myself. But for anyone who doesn't have that support, this is dedicated to you as well. You are more than what you may believe you're worth. :heart: :hug:
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VincentVFF Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018
You are amazing and the poem says it all with emotion and courage love it :D (Big Grin) 
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Student Writer
Thank you so much. That means a lot. :hug:
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LittleSnaketail Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Student General Artist
Wow...
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Student Writer
Thank you! :hug:
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SeashellTheSeaWing Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very motivational :)
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Student Writer
Thank you! :hug:
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SeashellTheSeaWing Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You’re welcome. :)
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zoeybird2345 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018
Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU! i'm in near tears after reading this. out of all my 'friends' in HS, only a select few stayed close to me, all but one with Autism. the others just drifted away. my Best, BEST friend has a brother with Down's Syndrome, and i couldn't ask for a better best friend. even when i'm at my lowest, i tell myself "i am NOT a freak, NOT less". 

I actually broke through my fear and confessed to my crush that i loved him. we've been together for more than 6 months now, and still going strong. I'm there for him when he needs someone to talk to, and he's there to make me laugh when i don't feel like it. Best part? we're both Autistic. i see myself as "Different, NOT Less". And i am proud to have Autism. yes, it's been hard. Yes, i've had temper issues, and still do, but i'm working on it. Autism is a long, bumpy road, but it's a road i'm proud to travel. 
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LifeinJesus Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017
Amen. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, in the image of God. So loved that He sent His only begotten Son so that if you choose to believe in Him, you will not perish but have eternal life.
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tsahel Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's awesome ! you have captured the feeling of those who are rejected. I am not aspie, "just" unemployed, depressed and anxious and your words touch me.
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brazenglory Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017
Absolutely wonderful and amazing.  Thank you for posting!
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RedNightDragon40 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017
Really great free verse poem. As an Aspie, it really hit home with me. 
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Codepuppy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
Q_Q..

This is perfect :")

(I'm actually tearing irl reading this :"> )
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JesseAllshouse Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
Well said and quite inspirational!
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Jack-the-Shinigami Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017
This actually just made me cry.
Because I was in love with a guy once, who started treating me like I'm a number, statistic and such, because I'm suffering of a mental (psychic/emotional) disability through (c)ptsd, after I really trusted him with all my pain and fears.

I wish he could see this. Not like read it, but really understand and feel all of the things you just wrote.
I wish he will be able to understand someday, that nobody, no person on this world is just a "case", a "number", part of a "statistic".
We all are individuals and I feel so sorry (really sorry, because I still care about him and it hurts), for him, because he probably feels like himself is just a number, a piece of life like any other, too, if he thinks that about others, about me.
But he isn't. He was the world for me, back then. I trusted and loved him so much.
He just didn't seem to be capable of understanding it or of giving me that much trust back. :(


Anyhow, the result is, I really love this, because it is SO awesomely true. :3
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TheOriginalSparky Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an incredible piece of literature that everyone should read and take to heart. Thank you for sharing it with the world. 
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RinRio Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so touching! Thank you!
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AliDee33 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this entire thing is so lovely, and I needed to read this myself this morning. I can relate to every single word, my friend. I stopped by 'cause you gave me a llama.. and what I beautiful artist I have stumbled across.. yourself :) You are extremely talented, and strong, and absolutely right! I pride you for all the work you have done, I know how hard it is. I have severe personality disorders, sensory integration disorder, among many other things.. I have been working so hard for so many years, and yes progress is often slow, and the world does feel like it's against you- even you feel like you are in the way of yourself as well sometimes. I can't imagine all that you have been through, and the depths of your personal feelings-- but I can certainly tell we relate and have similarities. I write poetry occasionally, and the flow reminds me a lot of my own. This is beautiful, thank you for creating these eloquent words-- and being strong in sharing and opening yourself up! I know this is an older post, but it first caught my eye on your page.
I believe everyone should hear this, your message of hope. Heart Hug 
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FainthedCherry Featured By Owner Edited Oct 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you,you give me confidence! ^^♥
very nice poem. :w;b
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017  Student Writer
That's so great to hear!! :heart: And thank you! :hug:
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FainthedCherry Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're Welcome! ;W:
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FloydPinkPinkerton Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017
Oh my gosh you made me cry ^^ I needed this right now. :huggle: 

And thanks for adding to the group! <3 
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Student Writer
Aww thank you :tighthug: And it's my pleasure :)
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Neo128 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017   General Artist
Your gift of vision is exceptional... Your gift of expressing it even more so. :nod:
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Student Writer
Wow, thank you so very much! :hug:
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nightmarethedragon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this really touched me... I've been suffering from countless mental disorders... I was recently diagnosed with a form of bipolar, too... 

Very clever wordplay, and a very sweet message! Thank you! <3
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Student Writer
Wow, thanks for sharing and I'm so glad you enjoyed this. :hug:
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StansWithoutJams Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really beautiful poem. I just recently started working on a collection about self-worth and helping others with low self-esteem and I would like to know if I could use this. I'll give you full credit. :)
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Student Writer
Thank you so much! And absolutely, I'm honored you would ask! :D :hug:
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StansWithoutJams Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for allowing me to use your work! It'll be a while before I publish anything about my project except an announcement for my watchers soon, but I'll do my best to let you know as soon as I use it! :D :hug:
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Ragazza-del-mosca Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh that was so touching, I cried.
Excellent use of rhythm and rhyme. Well done!
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Katakana1 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
:clap::clap::clap:
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candy-splatter Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016
This is really what I need to hear right now, thank you.
:) :) <3 <3
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Panga2397 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Someone sent me dis because i am feelin terrible ;w;

It made me cry ;w;
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KellySeale Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
💓
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Student Writer
:heart: revamp :hug:
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KellySeale Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
:heart::huggle::love:
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deadfoxz Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
"Cries" so beautiful..
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Student Writer
Thank you! :heart: :hug:
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KModdities Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016   Traditional Artist
I love this so much!
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Student Writer
Thank you!! :heart: :hug:
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Nessie905 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, and its something a lot of people need to hear. :heart:

Could I have permission to print this off and put it in my personal 'recovery' scrapbook?
It's a collection of things I look at when I feel down.
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Student Writer
Thank you so much! :heart: And absolutely!!! I'm honored that you would include this piece in your personal scrapbook. :hug:
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Nessie905 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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anomy96 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016
This is beautiful and one of the most encouraging poems I've read. Amazingly well done lass :D
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Student Writer
Thank you!! :heart: :hug:
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Spiritleaf7 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016   Digital Artist
This is so beautiful :heart: 
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Student Writer
Thank you very much :heart: :hug:
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nitric Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016
So much love for this. I believe I have an ASD as well and this really sang to my heart! <3 
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CassieCros13 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Student Writer
Why thank you so much :heart: :hug:
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