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Dyslexic + Dyspraxic: The Lifelong Struggle

I Suffered but you don't have too

This month marks a year of being diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia, a diagnosis that has pretty much changed my life. Would you believe it has almost been a year since I posted this to the world? Because I certainly cannot!

Over the past year I have received help that is beyond my own imagination. My university has been accommodating in helping me to achieve the absolute best grades possible, despite struggling a lot with reading, essay writing and exams. Similarly, after a year of palavering about with the DSA, I have at last received my allowance report back from them determining specialist equipment and one-to-one tutoring. If you would like me to post about the DSA process, then please do let me know!

Some might think that having dyslexia AND dyspraxia is an almighty disadvantage, personally I don’t. In fact, to me, it is something that makes me unique and allows me to think outside the box. Recently I received feedback on an essay which stated that I “answered the question in a completely different way to everyone else in my cohort” and therefore allowing me to produce something that went “beyond the box”. This is probably because of the way in which I articulate everything in my life from university work to day-to-day tasks, as a result of having a ‘learning disability’.

The only thing that (sort of) upsets me when I think about having a ‘cognitive disorder’ is that, I wasn’t diagnosed sooner. I wish I didn’t have to live 18 years of my life without knowing that I struggled for a reason, and not because I was just ‘stupid’ or ‘rubbish’ at reading. I am just a wee-bit different to others.

After a year, I have now fully accepted that I will always find reading slightly harder than most, that my essays will never be perfectly structured the first time round and that being able to type my exams isn’t such a bad thing. It is not the end of the world being labelled as dyslexic or dyspraxic, in my opinion it is just the beginning!

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Channon Gray

Hi, my name is Channon and yes, it's spelt wrong, but that is interesting right? I'm 21 years young. I like to write, create art and travel. Cornish bumpkin who studied in London. I'm now a Graduate Student, Stationery Addict and all round Life Enthusiast.

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