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The time I knew I was dyslexic

The first time I knew I was dyslexic is when I was in 1st grade. I had a pretty good teacher. When I was reading I didn’t know what anything meant. When I did math I got low scores. I knew something was different about me, but I didn’t know what it was.

I got picked on in school. I felt like I was in a jail  house. If I felt sad, mad, or bored I would go to the nurses office. There was 2 or 3 nurse seats, some stuffed animals and a sink. It was peaceful. To get to the nurses office I made up a reason to go to the nurses office.   That was 1st grade for me.


35 thoughts on “The time I knew I was dyslexic

  1. Thanks for sharing your story Annabelle, you are very brave and strong! I am going to share this with my niece McKayla who also has trouble in school. Thanks!

  2. Go, Annabelle! Each of us struggles with some things and has other super talents. I know you have many! Keep up the good work!

  3. Great job, Annabelle. My son Robby is in 4th grade and is dyslexic too. 🙂 I showed him your blog and he thinks its cool. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. Congratulations and thank you Annabelle! Writing about, sharing and giving hope to others thru your experiences is a brave and magical gift. For your readers and for yourself! I love that you have found your voice, write on and we (my 4th grader) and I look forward to keeping up with you here!

  5. Thank you for writing about your personal struggles. You are doing a great job! I have a third grade son with dyslexia. I can relate to your comments, and would like to hear more from you!

  6. You are very brave! Dyslexia is a lifetime deal. You will not outgrow it. I am a dyslexic mom with a dyslexic son in 3rd grade. The worst part is seeing my struggles happening to my child. Remember it’s heritory. Look for it early when you have kids. I figured our our son was dyslexic in January of his kindergarden year.
    What success – a blogger! That means you read & write! All those kids that made fun of you, – I bet they don’t blog!

  7. Hi Annabelle,
    Project DEBUNK in Maine has signed up to follow your blog. My name is Linda and I have a 21 year old son Matt and a 6 year old daughter Naomi that are both dyslexic too. 🙂 You starting your blog reminds me so much of my son Matt, who helped start Project DEBUNK and dreams of having Camp DEBUNK to continue to encourage and bring together dyslexic kids. Since school is so difficult at times and many dyslexics are misunderstood, they need something good and fun in there lives. Keep up the good work, share your heart, help others and you are going to do amazing things.
    Can you have your mom email projectdebunk@gmail.com? I would love to share something with her. Excited to see what you share next.

  8. Hi Annabelle,

    My daughter was four when I knew something was different about the way she learns. She also knew in the first grade as reading was very difficult for her. I can’t wait for her to write to you. I will also share your blog with her teachers and see if they can follow your blog as well.

    Stay brave Annabelle, dyselixia is something you have, it is not who you are!

    Take Care,
    Debra Leaming

  9. Hi Annabelle,
    I actually think differently then the kind friend that posted “dyslexia is something you HAVE, it is not who your are. We can all look at it in unique ways so I am not saying she is wrong. However, I feel it is a big part of who we are. We were created with this learning style, we did not catch it and it is not a sickness or disease. It is something to be proud of because it comes with great talents. It also means we may not learn in what the world calls “traditional” ways, which can present some struggles along the way. Dyslexia does not define ALL that we are or will be, but it is a part of us and you should be proud and tell others all about it.

  10. Some amazing words and well put together thoughts. You are brave to talk about your feelings and struggles and write about them. Working through it, with the support of other people can only help. What a great accomplishment for a 4th grader! You (and your mom) should be very proud! Keep up the good work!

  11. Hi Annabelle, I am the Vice-Principal of a school in Ottawa Canada for students with dyslexia. Sadly, your story is one that i hear from my students all to regularly. I am very impressed that you are standing up and sharing yours! Well done, and keep it up. I will be sharing this with many of my students.

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