I've always had an easier time relating to anthropomorphic animals than humans because the way they express emotion made more sense to me. I wasn't diagnosed with Asperger's until I was in my 20s but now it makes total sense. My "breakthrough" with relationships was reading Freefall and identifying very heavily with Florence (uplifted red wolf) as she fell in love with Winston (human). Before then, I really didn't know what romance felt like. But getting to see it "through her eyes" helped it make sense to me.I've been a DL as far back as I can remember, but went through a phase in high school in which I learned what furries were and decided that I hated them with a passion.
I finally started accepting myself as a DL around my early 20s, and that experience got me to rethink my stance on furry stuff. Eventually I stumbled across a comic called "found" and started reading it in the same way that one starts watching YouTube videos of car crashes. The next thing I knew, it was 4am and I was crying over a work of fiction for the first time ever in my life. Then I discovered the artists other comic, "Shine", and read through all of it. Reading 4 years worth of journals and comments in which Star was constantly being a generally wonderful person really helped me get over the whole furry stigma, and I designed and commissioned my character shortly after.