A 11-YEAR-OLD’S story of how he has dealt with death and battles with anxiety and depression is set to be told in a book he has written.
Tyler Inman, who lives in Solihull, put pen to paper following his grandma’s death when he was 10 and wrote Invisible Me.
The book, which will be launched on July 12, is said to give a raw, honest and, in some parts, heart-breaking insight into what it’s like living with Asperger’s.
The condition is a form of Autism, and people with Asperger syndrome often see, hear and feel the world differently to other people.
For Tyler, he describes this as being ‘invisible’.
In his book, published by mPowr Publishing as its charity project of the year, he writes: “Children like myself are forgotten. We are ignored by the educational system, but the knock on to our mental health is disgraceful.”
“I had lost my love of learning—it was gone, I no longer desired a book the second I got out of bed, nor did I care about maths.
“The core of who I was and what drives me was gone, I didn’t function, simple tasks became arduous. I remember rocking on the floor, I remember shouting out sounds, I remember my mum sleeping on the floor next to my bed.”
Tyler’s path to become a published author began two years ago when his grandma received a terminal diagnosis and was cared for at Solihull’s Marie Curie hospice.
Deeply affected by the loss of his grandma, Tyler started working with the children and young people’s counsellor there.
In the book, Tyler bravely writes about his loss, as well as the difficulties he faced at school, dealing with depression and anxiety, and how he retreated to a place he calls ‘Mattressland’ to cope.
Tyler continued his counselling sessions with Marie Curie, a charity that provides care for people with a terminal illness and support for their loved ones, and as part of his recovery, he began writing a book about Autism, grief and how he saw the world, which went on to form Invisible Me.
He said: “If I can reach even just one parent or child to help them see life can, and will, improve, I will be happy.
“I want people living with Asperger’s to never give up.
“It can get better and things can change, don’t give up, believe in yourself and embrace the differences.”
For each copy of Tyler’s book purchased, a donation will be made by the publishers to the Marsh Lane hospice.
Invisible Me is available to pre-order now for £9.99 at www.invisibleme.online