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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133 comments

  1. I am amazed. I would never have guessed you struggled. I guess everybody has something. I’d better work on myself more. Great job dealing. Reblogging!

  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.

    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.

        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….

    2. Thank you very much, Fiona. Yes, I agree. The blogging was only the beginning. I’m hoping to publish a collection of short stories before the end of the year. Just over two years ago I would never have even dreamt I’d be saying that.

  3. 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.

  4. I am so sorry you had to endure mean children (and adults) in your lifetime, Hugh, not to mention this pursuing monster [I know how you feel, on both counts, although I don’t have dyslexia, but rather a dogged depression and anxiety beast pursuing me]. But I’m equally overjoyed that you have had the chance to re-write your own story in happy shades as it progresses. I’ll bet your triumph over adversities, though, have made you the kind soul you are today, and just a part of the reason you are so beloved. That’s my hypothesis anyway. Thank you for sharing such a painful and personal story; I feel in my heart that you have helped many people by this one seemingly small action (I know you’re humble about the work you do through your blog). Anyway, you didn’t ask for it, but I’ll offer a hale “good for you, my friend across the water”! 🙂

    1. Like many things, Leigh, if I had come into this world later I would not have endured half as much as what I did. However, it certainly taught me a lesson to appreciate that we can not see everything that is going on in a person’s life and to always remember it. It certainly changed the way I looked at other people and what lives they led.

      I’m sorry to hear about the condition you suffer with. It’s very difficult to know what to say when told something like that, but I believe listening to the person goes a long way in helping them trying to overcome what is happening. Hiding from it (as I have learned) does not help at all. If I had continued to hide then I would have never begun this blog. I very much also have John to thank for that.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments. They certainly make blogging and telling my story very worthwhile.

  5. That’s the big monster done with, but now about that desk! I’ve told you, Hugh, you must tidy up.

    Actually, wait one minute – I believe that’s the desk from before you moved house. What gives? 🙂

  6. Who would have known had you not shared? A wonderful story about defeating those monsters that can seem like they’ve taken hold and proof that if you want something badly enough you can get it. Good on you, Hugh. You are inspiring.

  7. I loved this inspiration story. You would be surprised to know how many people suffer dyslexia including many famous writers, artists and celebrities. So feel at home with it Hugh, it seems the ‘greats’ have to suffer one thing or another. Good on you! ❤ 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. I hope it will inspire others with the condition to write and to aim for whatever they want in life and not allow having dyslexia to stop them. I’ve read some wonderful comments here and on my ‘about me’ page from people who know or have a family member with the condition and what they have achieved in life by not allowing having dyslexia get in their way. All truly inspirational stories, and there was me, once upon a time, thinking there was something seriously wrong with me because I couldn’t read everything on the menu or in a book.
      xx

  8. You’ve slain the monster, Hugh! I have a very good friend with dyslexia and have learned a great deal about how difficult it is to learn with, deal with….

    1. It’s something that many with the condition will try and hide, Noelle. Thank goodness for the people, like yourself, who encourage us to not let the condition stop us from doing what we really want to do.

  9. One of the schools we play in our town is just for students with dyslexia – which we think is very cool! So hopefully more and more resources are becoming available these days – and sorry your school did not have the helpful resources – and thanks for sharing the inspiring story – so cool what blogging can do- cheers!

    1. That school is very encouraging to hear about. There are many support groups and lots of help available to children and adults with the condition now. In my childhood days although the condition existed it was never acknowledged at being a problem. However, I honestly do believe that one of the best ways to conquer having the condition is to write. I owe a big thank you to blogging and the blogging world.

      1. yes, I agree! and cheers to not only what blogging has done for you – but from what I have seen – you are quite a blessing to this community and have quite a nice rippling impact. 🙂

  10. I remembered your tag line on WP indicates you have dyslexia, but I believe this is the first I have read about your journey. Love how you built it into a story and really glad that writing and publishing has helped you. As others have said, I would have never known. I have heard how using different colors seems to help people. As usual, your story-telling (based on truth) is spot on and a pleasure to read!

    1. I’ve never really mentioned having dyslexia very much on my blog, Terri. When I started my blog the tag line was one of the first things I added. It even came to me before I had decided what to name the blog.

      A few people have mentioned that coloured backgrounds can help people with dyslexia. Yellow seems to the one most are pointing at. It’s always been my favourite colour and I’d even used it in some of the images I’ve created for posts. Strange that I have always been attracted to that colour without realising that it was actually helping me.

  11. It’s always nice have people with you during difficult times, even if they are standing in the distance.
    Good for you, Hugh….and good for John..:)

  12. That is a wonderful story Hugh. Well done to John for persevering with getting you to confront the monster. I am so pleased you did, and not only have you overcome it, but you have really established yourself as a wonderful writer and blogger, and someone that I have a huge amount of respect for. 🙂

    1. Thanks for your email, Judy. I’ve corrected that error, but my email has now gone down! Just as I was about to send you a reply it decided to tell me it’s Friday and that’s it!

      Thank you for such lovely comments. I let it beat me for such a long time and am so grateful to everyone who supports me and encourages me by following and commenting on my blog. When I published that very first post little did I know that my life was about to change and that I was about to embark on something I’d always wanted to do. I hope others with the condition follow me and write, write, write.

  13. Nice to know you can defeat your monsters, hey? I had a friend who suffered from dyslexia and she was left-handed and badly near-sighted. Her mother – a religious zealot – thought prayer was the answer. Poor girl.

    1. Absolutely. For most of my life it stopped me from writing. I just hope those behind me start at a much earlier age. It shouldn’t stop anyone who has the condition and has a passion for wanting to tell a story. Still, I’m lucky I managed to conquer it.

  14. Wow, Hugh. You conquered that beast, and hid it so very well. Bravo. Your blog is amazing and no one would have ever imagined your struggle. Thanks for sharing your story. It will inspire. ❤️

    1. Hi Carol, it’s good to meet you. We’ve met before because I know you’ve participated in some of my photography challenges.
      I’m so pleased to hear that you don’t let dyslexia stop you from writing. “So what the heck?” Exactly 😀

  15. You know what? Your dyslexia is my best friend. I feel not so alone with my wrong spellings and grammar issues! But to be honest, I had never thought you had that monster pet. Like Richard said: Well hidden!

    1. What has happened is that since that first day I published a blog post I’ve gained confidence with my writing, Erika. I do get a lot of help from my partner but even he tells me that my writing has improved a lot since I started to blog. The more I write the more that monster gets hidden.

  16. Wonderful job facing the monster! Brave, too, I would say. Thanks for sharing! P.S. I wish my desk was nice and neat like yours. I would be embarassed for anyone to see the disaster that is my office. Work in progress…

    1. Thank you so much, Angie. Be careful what you tell me about your desk as I may tag you one day in the ‘workspace blog hop’ and then you’ll have to show everyone your desk 😀 (but only if you want to).

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