How WordPress Helped Me Conquer Having Dyslexia

Once upon a time, there was a boy called Hugh, who hid a secret. In fact, it was not only a secret but a monster that had haunted him since his childhood days. He had locked the monster away since the first day he realised it was following him. The monster was called Dyslexia, but in February 2014, Hugh turned the tables on Dyslexia.

He had never admitted to having Dyslexia and his school told him there was no such monster and that it was all make-believe. So, Dyslexia became part of his life and he decided to lock it away and throw away the key.

Over time, some would have their suspicions that he was hiding something, but no one would say what they thought the secret was. However, one day he met his lifetime partner, John, who confronted him one day and uttered the monster’s name.

“There’s no such monster” said Hugh, feeling embarrassed that John had uttered the name of the monster in front of him.

It was a horrible monster and had such a horrible name. Hugh never wanted to hear the name again. He walked away, his head down, feeling like he wanted the world to swallow him up and rid him of what had just happened. He would still not admit to John that he had a monster locked away, even though this monster was preventing him from doing what he really wanted to do.

John would mention the monster’s name a few more times until, one day, Hugh got so fed up with it that it made him look for the key to the closet the monster was locked away in. The key was hard to find and, try as hard as he could, his mind would not allow him to unlock the closet door.

Then, after mentioning to a relative that he would like to blog, Hugh was given the details of a wonderful weapon called WordPress that, if used with courage and commitment, would defeat the monster called Dyslexia. He hesitated for a few days while checking over the weapon called WordPress and marvelled over its stories and photographs. He so wanted to be a part of those stories and photos, but the monster was having none of it.

Finally, having studied the weapon named WordPress for many days and realising that there were other WordPress users who had the same monster in their lives, he switched on WordPress by creating an account and pressed the ‘new post’ button. He had been told that this was the most powerful part of the weapon and that providing he pressed the ‘publish’ button that his monster would be defeated.

Today, Hugh’s monster is still part of his life, but it no longer embarrasses him to tell people that he has dyslexia and he no longer lets it stop him from writing. John, Toby, Dyslexia and Hugh, now all live happily ever after.

And there ends this tale of how WoprdPress helped Hugh defeat the monster called Dyslexia.

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  1. That’s a great way of describing it. I was much luckier than you I was diagnosed early and my local comp had a special unit to support students with it. Even with that support I can relate to it being a monster.

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  2. I don’t think this is the end of your story. It’s perhaps the end of a chapter. Clearly, there’s much much more to Hugh’s conquering of this monster. Lovely stuff. Look forward to more of your posts.

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    1. Hugh, I’m going to share this on my Facebook page rather than re-blogging. Doesn’t quite “jive” with my blog, and I think many in my circle will relate and value your story.

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      1. I think it will. I have a good friend who’s dyslexic and was terrified her son would be, too. I remember that as he started to learn to read. He isn’t. She writes the most amazing notes in the cards she sends. I hear her in the writing – usually all one sentence and few words spelt the same. Take my hat off to her, too. BTW, many of my FB friends are teachers….and have a passion for reading and writing….

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  3. Is your desk always that neat? Thanks for sharing, I share your pain, but not in all things. I get verbal communications jumbled. If it’s written, I’m generally okay. thanks for sharing.

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    1. Ah, yes it is. I’ve never been able to work when the desk has ben untidy. For me, a clear desk leads to a clear mind. It works for me anyway.
      Thank you for your comments. I do suffer from getting my verbal communications jumbled up sometimes. When it happens I usually stop, take a deep breath and slow down what I am trying to say.

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  4. You know, I’m going to have to read that again, because I couldn’t see any mis-spellings, transposed letters or anything. Maybe on the second run..

    Great post, Hugh. I’m very blessed that I’ve never experienced this, so can’t begin to imagine how frustrating it must be, but I can appreciate how it might be something you want to hide away. You do the right thing by talking about it. You aren’t alone, and it clearly doesn’t prevent you from writing well.

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    1. Well, I’ll be honest with you Graeme and tell you that I get my partner to check all my posts before I publish them. I still make mistakes which he corrects for me but over the two years I’ve ben blogging those mistakes have become less and less.

      I do find it very frustrating when I watch him correcting the mistakes I’ve made, especially as I can usually see them when he starts to correct them. Dyslexia can hide these mistakes so very well. However, I know I’m getting better at spotting them and at least now I don’t allow having the condition to stop me from writing.

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  5. Both my hubby and daughter have dyslexic tendencies so I know where you are coming from Hugh. My husband only recently admitted this to me so he also had a monster lurking too! Well done for confronting and overpowering your monster – it takes a lot of guts but I think you can safely say that you have achieved just that. Dyslexic people tend to be creative souls so there you have it, you’re tapping into that creative side. Well done, shout out about defeating your monster.

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    1. It’s very difficult for many people to admit to being dyslexic, Marje. If it wasn’t for John making me confront it I’d probably have never started this blog. I’m just very glad that there is lots of support available now for people with the condition.

      I’ve always been creative and I follow blogs of a few other writers with the condition. Many people have pointed out that even some best-selling authors and some of the famous also have the condition. I’ll certainly be shouting out about it a lot more now.

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  6. It is great that you have such a wonderful partner to support and help you. My daughter struggled through school. We fought with the school to help but they always said she was a sweet girl and would be fine. So we learned how to help her on our own. Then she went to college where she was tested and yup it was found. The monster as you call it had been named. She finished college with all the help she needed to complete her courses. She cried at first because she felt it meant she had a disability. Now she realizes it means she is strong enough to fight the monster. Thank you for posting your lovely Love Story.

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    1. Donna, you’re welcome and thank you for sharing your story about your daughter who also has dyslexia. I’m very pleased to hear that she is now fighting that monster. It takes some time to tame it but, once it’s done, it should never really bother her again. I do occasionally get frustrated with it, but the more I write the more I’m seeing fewer mistakes. There’s lots more support for people with the condition now and I’m just very pleased that my partner convinced me to face dyslexia head-on. Both he and WordPress really did help me overcome something that I chose to hide for far too long.

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  7. What kind of idiotic school would tell you that Dyslexia isn’t real????
    I’m in a rage over that.
    So much suffering caused by the irrational belief of a few idiots????
    Its too much. Think how many people felt stupid, didn’t try to do things because of they were never given the tool to manage it!

    I’m so glad that John pushed you to recognize it and so glad you have found ways to manage.

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    1. Well, I am going back to the late 1960s and early 1970s when dyslexia was never really heard of here in the UK. My parents were told that I was just slow in some subjects. I don’t remember other children being told the same but I guess there must have been others with the condition as well. Because I was good at Drama and practical subject where no reading and writing were involved I guess it never really occurred to anybody. Even my parents never said anything about it, preferring instead to listen to what the teachers had to say.
      Things have come a long way since then and I’m just very pleased that my partner made me face up to the condition and admitting that I did suffer from it.

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  8. My wife have severe dyslexia but over time she’s learnt all kinds of techniques to help her. And it’s true that practice does help. I know if she’s been reading or not the number of spellings she asks drops. And increases when she hasn’t read anything in ages.

    I think the measure of a man isn’t the fears he has, but the choices he makes – go forth and defeat the beasts or cower and hide. You’re a warrior, a word samurai and a hero Hugh. Big love.

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    1. That’s so very nice, Sacha. Never really saw myself as a monster slayer, but I guess I can add that to my bio now?
      Didn’t know that the wife also has dyslexia. I bet you’ve been a great help to her in helping her overcome it. Practice certainly does help tame the beast.

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  9. So proud of you Hugh, and yet another amazing ‘side-effect’ of blogging with WordPress. Once you turned that key and let the monster out, you faced it head-on and wrestled it to the ground. Yes, you still battle but you’ve found a way to keep it where it needs to be and can no longer defeat you. Dyslexia is in my family too, amongst other things, and finding a way through the brambles, even when those thorns draw blood at times, is the measure of overcoming, while encouraging others to do the same. So glad you found WordPress…or WordPress found you 🙂 xx

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    1. I’ve never really thought about it but I guess most families will have somebody who suffers from Dyslexia, Sherri. Next time I visit my father (and my aunt who just passed her 89th birthday) I’m going to ask them if they knew of anybody else in the family who suffered from the condition. I’ve never heard anybody in the family talk about it but as it’s only really become acknowledged that it exists in the last twenty years or so, then I’m guessing that’s why.

      Joining WordPress is what really made me face having the condition. Then it was John, when he started reading my posts and seeing all the mistakes. Both of them together have been my saviours.

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      1. My uncle struggled in school, but back then they didn’t give it a name. He was labelled as being a bit ‘backward’ which is awful. He is an intelligent, wonderful man. He just struggled a bit with his writing, that’s all. We’ve come a long way, for sure. I’ll be interested to know what your father and aunt tell you. So glad you had John to help you and then joining WP…life is full of wonderful surprises isn’t it? Big hug… xx

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  10. My granddaughter, who’s nearly 14, has dyslexia. She’s just about to switch schools to one that will give her the extra help she requires. Luckily for her, she’s survived school so far by being excellent at sport and athletics, but now she wants to end up teaching sport she needs to do well in her written exams so she can go to college.
    I’m so glad you discovered WordPress, Hugh 🙂

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    1. I’m so pleased to hear that your Granddaughter is getting the help she needs to be able to get the career she wants Sarah. Things have changed so much for people with the condition since I was at school, and that is very pleasing to witness.
      Maybe, one day, she’ll start her own blog? It has certainly helped me.

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