Christine McGuinness Praised For Sharing Autism Diagnosis
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Christine McGuinness has shared today (15th November) that she is autistic, alongside her three young children who each have a diagnosis.
The mum-of-three, who is married to TV presenter and comedian Paddy McGuinness, regularly opens up on what it's like to parent three autistic children.
She took to Instagram to share the news with her 569,000 followers, and will be speaking openly about her diagnosis for the first time on Loose Women.
In a brief Instagram statement, she wrote: "Autistic and proud. Now I feel ready to share another part of my story.
"I got my diagnosis a few months ago. I have felt different my whole life. Honestly, I am relieved to finally understand myself!"
Both Christine and her husband have previously advocated for parenting help, in order for parents of autistic children to cope. The couple starred in their own documentary on the subject, Autism and Our Family, earlier this year.
Christine signed off by saying, "I am overwhelmed with your love and support on here. Thank you".
The star has been flooded with support since sharing her diagnosis. A flock of people sent her love in the comments of her Instagram post.
"You're amazing", one commenter said.
Her story inspired others to open up about their diagnoses, even convincing older followers to seek a test later on in life.
"Oh my goodness I've had suspicions about myself all my life how did you get diagnosed? Thankyou for talking about this x [sic]", user @mamalovescrochet commented.
"It's something I've thought about looking into with myself, I see a lot of my daughter's traits in myself and as the years go on and I become more aware of autism I recognise more...[sic]" another person said.
According to charity Autism UK, women and girls are 'struggling to get the support they need' in terms of diagnosis.
It's widely theorised that women and girls often fly under the radar due to traits being 'under-reported by teachers', or the idea that they're 'better at camouflaging'.