Autism – perhaps you’ve seen the TED talk by Temple Grandin .. an amazing woman, who despite Autism .. in fact because of it .. has this amazing (out of this world) capacity for visual thinking ... a fascinating way to understand someone who thinks in a series of photo-realistic images = picture perfect .. and who can only do this because she is autistic.
Googling – brings up the Wikipedia entry: the 2010 film is a biopic on Temple Grandin, as a woman with autism, who revolutionised the practices for the humane handling of livestock.
Lastly and sadly Bowel Cancer ... can strike very quickly and is one of the most painful cancers, so I understand. My mother’s best friend and ex manager of her Care Home had not been feeling well .. she was cheerful and looking forward, despite the probable prognosis. Sadly she was in such pain, she went into hospital and never came out .. it was only a few hours .. and she was relatively young – 73.