|by Lonne Millsap|
“It has been said that life has treated me harshly; and sometimes I have complained in my heart because many pleasures of human experience have been withheld from me…if much has been denied me, much, very much, has been given me…”
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke gives the following definition for dyslexia:
"Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person's ability to read. These individuals typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with spelling, phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), and/or rapid visual-verbal responding. In adults, dyslexia usually occur after a brain injury or in the context of dementia. It can also be inherited in some families and recent studies have identified a number of genes that may predispose an individual to developing dyslexia."
The National Center for Learning Disabilities defines it as:
“As with other learning disabilities, dyslexia is a lifelong challenge that people are born with. This language processing disorder can hinder reading, writing, spelling, and sometimes even speaking. Dyslexia is not a sign of poor intelligence or laziness. It is also not the result of impaired vision. Children and adults with dyslexia simply have a neurological disorder that causes their brains to process and interpret information differently.”
Understand, I am not a doctor and what I have to say is strictly based on personal experience and opinion. The story my grandmother told was that my mother had struggled giving birth to me and that it had become at some point, perilous, they would have to operate or try to pull me out by forceps (i.e. I guess forceps were still allowed at that time). She said they succeeded at the end and pull me out but that I was completely BLACK (no oxygen) with HUGH knots on my head. She said she prayed to God and soon my color came back, the knots well they went away in time.
The after affect; however has lasted a lifetime. You see, I have dyslexia and I truly believe this event had a profound effect on my ability to read, write and learn.
For the most part, my mother taught all of us (brothers and sisters) via the Calvert School System. I never interface with other children in a school setting until, the first time I came to live with my grandmother. The first time, I was around six (I was sent back when I was twelve) and had been very sick with rheumatic fever and came to the US to get medical attention.
Anyway, my grandmother tried to enroll me into some Public elementary school and they had to test me, of course and see what grade level I was in. Well, I will never forget, the lady tells my grandmother that I was retarded, in front of me. My grandmother enrolled me in to a private school called St. Rita’s, where I was accepted at the grade my mother said I was in.
From that moment on, I saw life in a very different way and yes, I struggled with everything but by no means let it stop me. Because, I was NEVER going to let someone change who I was and what I could accomplish. At the end of the day, I have to read something ten times to truly get the meaning. Writing is much harder because I miss words and don’t see others. Numbers, I can do. I still have to check my work over and over but this is where I rejoice. I know what to do to bridge that gap and technically I have overcome the barriers that bind me, if I can maintain patients that day.
So, yes dyslexia is like my arm, it is part of who I am, but I am sharper and happier because I don’t let it hold me back. By the way I am happiest in a creative, positive, supportive, and laid-back environment. I struggle to show up otherwise LOL.
Dyslexia Characteristics from a Personal Perspective:
- I consider myself highly intuitive and more than often “dead on” in judging situations and/or personalities of others beforehand.
- Able to sense emotions and energy of others.
- I have passed on my disability to my children and I feel guilty about it.
- Easily distracted/annoyed by noises and other things in the environment.
- Artistic and logical.
- Misspeak, misuse, or mispronounce words without realizing it.
- May confuse past conversations or be accused of “not listening.”
- Difficulty remembering names of people without tricks, but remembers faces.
- Difficulty remembering verbal instructions or directions. I use tricks and lists.
- If you are important to me, I have excellent recall of conversations or sequence of events.
- Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Learning is Painful! This is why blogging and these posts are so very special to me. I bled to compose them.
- I have adopted compensatory tricks to remember spelling and homonyms (their, there, they’re), or misuses homonyms and I have a poor or inconsistent/phonetic spelling.
- Reading fluency and comprehension fluctuates depending upon subject matter.
- I must re-read sentences in order to comprehend and become fatigued or bored quickly while reading because it is so painful.
- I use music to express myself.
- Reliance on others (assistants, spouses, significant others) for editing written correspondence.
- Uncertainty with words, punctuation, and spelling when writing. Reliance on spell-check and grammar-check.
- Relaxing and is important.
Yes, I am going to add some music because it is my world, my language, and my essence. I love every genre and clearly this is an important song. My featured artist this evening is Ben E. King with his mega hit titled "Stand by Me". The video is brilliant! The song speaks to four of the most important facets in my life love, friendship, loyalty, and forgiveness.
I hope you enjoy this music as much as I do and have a blessed day or evening.
(c) Copyright by Diana Mary Sharpton All Rights Reserved
1. Photograph: Dyslexia by Lonne Millsap. http://www.rebellesociety.com/2013/07/24/living-with-dyslexia-a-curse-or-a-blessing/
2. Photograph: Dyslexia humour cornerhttps:/https://sydneydyslexia.wordpress.com/tag/dyslexia-humour/
3..Dyslexia Humor: https://www.jantoo.com/cartoons/keywords/learning-disabilities