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My Life Beyond Autism

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 ehaviors.
  • 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.



infoThe 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.

2022 • 36 pages • Mayo Clinic Press

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

Guillaume Federighi AKA Hey Gee is a French and American author and illustrator. He began his career in 1998 by exploring the world of street art and graffiti in different European capitals. After moving to New York, Hey Gee developed a reputation for a direct and instantaneous style of graphic design and illustration that brings out unifying ideas, creates distinctive characters, and affects all generations. He is also the owner and creative director of Hey Gee Studio, a full service creative agency based in New York City.

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