Saturday, February 18, 2017

Living With Dyslexia

Hey y'all!

I have mentioned a few times about my battle with dyslexia. I have come to terms with the issue, but I still get upset by the things people would say to me.  Nothing I do is easy. This blog isn't easy because of it. I work hard and I am proud of my accomplishments. Here I have listed 40 things I've learned (or been told) through having dyslexia as an adult.

  1. It is a disability and you have it. 
  2. Words are hard. 
  3. Textbooks are not your friend but they are on your team.
  4. Things are going to look different to you then others. 
  5. It will take you longer to get to the thought everyone else is at. 
  6. You will learn to control your anger (sorta).
  7. Your brain doesn't work the same as others. 
  8. Challenge your creative side because most of the time this side is stronger. 
  9. Accept help.   
  10. You are going to learn differently. 
  11. You are a 1 in 10 statistic and people will remind you of this in hopes that it boost your self esteem. (Most likely doesn't work) 
  12. You feel different and set apart from the group. 
  13. You will forever be dyslexic. 
  14. Albert Einstein and Walt Disney were dyslexic (Still doesn't help your self esteem).
  15. You will have to work harder than others. 
  16. Alone. You will feel alone. 
  17. It's not going to be easy. 
  18. Prepare to bring your computer everywhere. 
  19. Prepare to explain why you bring your computer everywhere. 
  20. Take advantage of the help around you, including the disabilities services. 
  21. Get comfy in the front row of your classes. 
  22. If you don't have time management skills, your gonna learn them. 
  23. You can never be "cured" from this disability. 
  24. People will tell you that you will grow out of it. 
  25. It's not your parents fault. 
  26. Most likely you have ADD or ADHD. 
  27. You will confuse your left from your right. DAILY. 
  28. Fight the daydreaming. It's part of the disease. 
  29. I promise, the letters aren't moving on the page. It just looks that way. 
  30. Studies show you are either extremely organized or extremely disorganized.
  31. You will be told that you have a gifted mind (still not helping that self esteem issue). 
  32. There are imbalances in your brain chemistry.  
  33. Procrastination seems like the answer, its not. 
  34. There is nothing wrong with your eye sight. 
  35. People will tell you "Oh I think I have that too..." Don't get mad at them
  36. Think in pictures, not words - it helps. 
  37. Don't push yourself too hard. Take a break every once in awhile. 
  38. People are going to make fun of you. Just brush it off. 
  39. Don't let what people say get to you. (Refer to numbers 11, 24, and 35) 
  40. Love yourself. (cue Justin Bieber music) This is only one part that makes up YOU! 
Sadie Lee
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