• I remember this story, and I love your stories. You get your points across in very thoughtful and meaningful ways. 🙂 Of course there is always the illustrations. Bonus!

    • You are the best. Many people do not know about my disability. I thought it was worth retelling and adding more about my work life. 🙂

  • Julie

    I had not idea. WOW! How hard that must have been.  I would have never known.  I am impressed with what you are doing and have done.  Julie

    • I consider that a BIG complement.  I know there are times I make mistake with typos and reverse words in sentiences but I try really hard to avoid that. 😀

  • John Schwab

    What an inspiration you are to everyone. It’s so true that when faced with obstacles or disabilities the extra effort required to keep up and reach a certain level, often makes us stronger and better.

    • Thank you. I very much appreciate the complement and the sentiment. The funny part is I never really thought about it being brave I just knew it was what I had to do. 🙂

  • What has intrigued me over the years is how one person develops coping skills and the next will take on a defeatist attitude. In the classroom, I was always amazed at how some students with reading disabilities didn’t let it hold them back. As people, we are capbable of overcoming so much if just given the chance.

    • I very much agree with you. In the end it is all up to us. Obstacles aside, no one else can really make our lives into something we desire until we make it happen. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • Susan — I greatly admire you for overcoming your problem and achieving such success in your career. You write so well, no one would ever know that it’s a challenge for you. For many years, I was afraid to voice my opinions at work. I had been raised with “children must hear but not speak.” I was very afraid of rejection. It took a long time to overcome that obstacle in life and my career. Not as serious or daunting as dyslexia, but a handicap nonetheless.

    • Thank you so much. Being afraid, no matter the reason, is a terrible place to be. I do understand the challenge of voicing you thoughts and opinions at work. It is sad that we as a culture will not seek out what the quieter of us to ask our opinions. We certainly have observed much and have that much more to offer. I am so happy that you have found a way let yourself be heard. Bravo.

  • Dan Meyers

    Susan – thanks for writing this.  You’re not only bringing awareness to a specific cause, but you’re also making us all aware that we can overcome our own setbacks!  You’re an inspiration!

    • Thank you my friend. It is my desire that I can reach others with the same problem and give them hope. I also want to make others aware that it isn’t a lack of intelligence, in fact it is quite the opposite. 🙂

  • Lubna Kably

    Thanks for this post Susan. I know a kid who had this problem. Fortunately it was diagnosed early. She is very artistic and is sure to do good in that field.  In India, a movie was made on this issue, called Tare Zameen Par, and was a huge hit. This really brought Dyslexia to the forefront. The url of the trailer is below, you may copy paste it on your browser to view it
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9o6smDsoOE
    I deeply admire how you overcame your challenges.

    • I will definitely take a look.

      As a kid growing up, dyslexia was not yet a mainstream concept or an identified learning disability as it is today. It still poses a great problem for those that are affected, in their perception of themselves and from others.

      Dyslexics are generally very artistic and use this as a form of communication. They can speak through pictures and convey a message with beauty and skill. This offers them a sense of achievement and success to both the communicator and to whom they are communicating with.

      :-), Thanks for your kind words and your thoughts

  • Jnjm62

    My second daughter has a mild case of dyslexia there are some words she always has trouble with but as time as gone by her problem isn’t as bad as it use to be, what pissed me off was that it took a while for the school to realise she had a problem………………I think this problem is more common then most people realise 

    • I am SOO glad they I identified it early. It makes a big difference in the individual’s (specifically your daughter’s) ability to learn how to compensate when it shows up. 🙂

      I agree with you. Individuals that afflicted, are more pronounced then others making it harder to identify.

      🙂

  • Quite an inspiring and self-revealing post Susan. Sometimes our weaknesses create an incredible foundation for unexpected successes – as you said you are so surprised to be successful in sales and marketing. 

    Patricia

    • Thanks Patricia,  Success is sometime born out of need or desire.  In my case it was both.  🙂

  • Stan

    I am familiar with your problems. Both of my children were LD kids, one was diagnosed and the other wasn’t.  I believe I was also an LD. Though my condition was an auditory one. I couldn’t process speech when I heard it. I needed a few seconds to process. I learned to compensate.

    • I believe we all have something to over come. The hard part is identifying it and then learning how to compensate. I am happy you have found a way to manage yours. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  • Susan, many many thanks for this great post! 

    For 9 years did I suffer from the prejudices of my teachers, first at primary then at grammar school. 

    It was only when I found the courage to change schools at the age of 17 that I found a institutional culture and teachers who were responsive and supportive of my many other talents and that I succeeded in academia. As a result I graduated as second best in my year.

    Had it not been for the encouragement of that particular school and its staff, I would have not finished my education. They instilled the confidence in me that enabled and armed me to cope with further prejudice later on at University. 

    Thanks again, Paedra

    • I love your story. It is so awesome to meet people such as yourself whonhave been able to find a way to rise above others small mind thinking. You Rock!!!

  • Elizabeth Scott

    Susan,
    I am so inspired by you!! You have risen above the disability that many people use as a crutch. 
    Being a mother of a child with a disability, I have tried to teach him that his Asperger’s does not define who he is. I will not let him use his condition as an excuse. Because of this, he has become a strong young man who loves life. He knows his limits and when he needs his space he knows it is acceptable to take.
    You are such a brave person. You are the inspiration that I used when helping Tyler. I am greatful to you and will always she you as the wonderful person you are today. You are Susan and I am honored to know you.

    • You have always been one of my greatest cheerleaders and a great help to me when I would become the most frustrated. Tyler is lucky to have you as a Mom.

  • Keep up the good work Susan!

    Not sure if it’s any comfort to you but Richard Branson, The King of Sweden and the Crown Princess are all dyslexic. 

    Despite that they are doing very well. Richard Branson managed to become one of the richest men in the world and the Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is really loved by the Swedish people. She gives excellent speeches despite being dyslexic. 

    • I did not know that. What an awesome example. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. :)))

      The intelligence of a person is never the issue with Dyslexia. It is the perception of others and of themselves.

  • I am amazed that you write so well and maintain a great blog with dyslexia!  I had a dyslexic receptionist once – she was fine at the phones, but I could not get her to help properly with the filing.  In retrospect, I should have just said to my own boss that getting her to help me was not a great idea.

    Best wishes to you, and may you inspire others, Susan.

    • Becuase my disability went undiagnostic for so long I learned not to use it as a crutch or excuse to get things done. Through trial and error I learned coping mechanisms, work arounds if you will, to acommplish my required tasks. Lastly, I so appreciate your comment and kind words. 🙂

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    I am glad you have pushed through your disability and have continued to write. We would be missing out on a whole lot if you had just given up. Your writings are very inspiring. Sometimes I think my son is dyslexic but only because sometimes he tries to write words backwards or starts trying to read from the end of a sentence or something. He doesn’t do it always but he is almost 6 and just trying to get the hang of the whole reading/writing thing. His teachers haven’t mentioned anything so maybe it is just because he is learning the right way to do things.

    • Thank you so much for your compliment. I do enjoy writing even though it can be a challenge at time.

      It sounds like your son is just trying to figure it all out. If he is having fun and reading doesn’t prove to be something he struggles with and hates he is doing well. 🙂

  • Coretta Turner Musing Moment

    Susan, thank you for sharing your story and for sharing with those you work with. I don’t know that I’ve worked with a dyslexic. If I have, I hate that they didn’t share it with because it could have been possible that I was the frustrated co-worker. Thank you for shedding light on the struggles you endured and overcame.

    • Thank you for your kind words. Dyslexia doesn’t have the stigma it use to. The biggest challenge is always being diligent when communicating (written or verbal) with others.

  • Mychocolatepeaces

    May I first say that one of the coolest people I met in college was dyslexic.  Now, you are the second. I think there is more of an awareness now that hopefully students today to not encounter the same challenges and stereotypes. Thank you for sharing and to answer your question…
    A challenge I am looking to overcome is fear. Fear of failure. I feel like I have been pretty good at pushing myself lately though, not holding back and telling myself that as long as I know I did my best, it will be fine.
    Thanks! Gina @ mychocolatepeaces.com

    • How cool. My hope is as time has passed there is a better understanding about the disability and a tolerance that will allow everyone to coexist comfortably.

      I wrote a post about that called Fear, A Four Letter Word”. Any time we can find a way to let go of that nasty feeling ,it is such a freeing experience.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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