Former Manchester United player, Mani O’Kane, has revealed that he has been battling autism. The 23-year-old shared the news on Twitter, stating that he has been dealing with the condition for years and has only recently been diagnosed.
O’Kane, who now plays for Irish football team Derry City, said that his diagnosis has helped him understand his struggles and challenges. He hopes that by sharing his story, he can raise awareness and support for others who are also dealing with autism.
“It’s been a difficult journey but I feel like I’m finally at a point where I can talk about it openly and honestly,” O’Kane said on Twitter. “I want to use my platform to raise awareness and support for others who may be struggling with autism or other mental health issues.”
O’Kane’s revelation has sparked a wave of support from fellow players and fans, who have praised him for his bravery and courage in sharing his story. His revelation should maybe encourage other players such as Lionel Messi also come out and say whether they struggle with autism spectrum disorder.
“I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me with kind words and support,” O’Kane said. “I hope that by sharing my story, I can help others who may be struggling with autism or other mental health conditions to know that they are not alone and that there is help and support available.”