My Life Beyond Autism

by Guillaume Federighi AKA Hey Gee

My Life Beyond Autism

by Guillaume Federighi AKA Hey Gee


A Mayo Clinic patient story

By Hey Gee • As told by C. Ano. • Edited by Maja Z. Katusic, M.D. • Illustrated by Hey Gee

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a diagnosis that describes specific difficulties with behavior, especially in the areas of social communication and restricted and repetitive behaviors.
  • No two children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder are exactly alike.
  • Inspired by C. Ano story, an autistic youth who just wanted to be treated like everyone else.



Proceeds are invested into furthering medical research and education at Mayo Clinic.

The facts

1 in 54

children in the U.S. are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.


Tracy likes to draw, make movies and play, just like other kids. She also has autism spectrum disorder. This means she processes many everyday situations differently, such
as making friends. Over time, she’s learned tricks for communicating and coping when things are hard for her.

Follow along as Tracy gives a peek at what life is really like for someone living with autism and how she discovered life beyond this common disorder.

My Life Beyond Autism: A Mayo Clinic patient story is part of the My Life Beyond graphic novel series. Created through collaboration among pediatric patients, their doctors, and children’s author and illustrator Hey Gee, each book in the series dives into the mind and imagination of a child patient at Mayo Clinic to explain how children experience illness, challenges, and recovery.

Softcover • 7.68 x 10.63 inches • 36 pages • Mayo Clinic Press Kids • 2022 • ISBN 9781893005778

About the Author

About the author

Guillaume Federighi AKA Hey Gee

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