Dyslexia is the new black

Today (well not really today.  I posted this on instagram the day it happened but I wanted to repost it here so that I always have it.) we had the first (of many) meetings to talk about Ben's dyslexia. I have been fighting for this meeting and this diagnosis for, what seems like years, and I bawled like a baby through the whole thing. 

Because with this diagnosis, comes so many modifications that will bring so much confidence and help. But for lots of different reasons, not many people believed what I knew in my heart, but his teacher did. And she became my biggest ally. (And my hero. God has walked us through every single step of this and He knew we needed her. And his tutor that we found from our friend Katie was also such a Godsend in this.) 

She saw what I did, and she worked with him and worked with me so tirelessly when she didn't have time. And she saw all the awesome parts of Ben that I know. And all of the awesome part of dyslexia.  It is so hard.

 But that's not all it is. It's also amazing creativity, the ability to think in 3D and build incredible things; to think outside the box and see the world through totally different eyes. Dyslexia often brings the ability to be an amazing audio learner, and allows you to be attune to so many things that visual learners miss. 

It allows you to see everything in a completely unique way and I am so incredibly thankful for that part of it. Ben has worked so SO hard to be able to do things like the other kids in his class, and this diagnosis will allow him so many modifications that will make some of that possible. And I am so incredibly proud of him. For his hard work, for his amazing heart, and for being "the most unique kid in his class", like he tells me.

I don't want him to be afraid of being dyslexic. I want him to be proud of it. Proud of his hard work and all the creativity that comes with it. And I want to change the face of dyslexia. I want it to be associated with that creativity and a unique way of doing things. The reading and writing struggle is heart wrenching and I don't wish it on my worst enemy. But it's so much more than that. It's bravery and creativity and being unique and confident and genius. Exactly the way God made him. And I hope he always knows he is all of those things.


Lifethrualinds said...

Love love reading this again and all these pics. Ben is so smart and so special and I am just so proud of you for advocating for him and fighting for him fiercely and for Ben just making a new name for dyslexia. Love y'all!!

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