01 August 2015

Just looking at the word messing wih my head. Those first three attempts ar spelling it in teh title are how it feels to touch type as someone with Dyslexia. Not funy at all.

I remembere in years 7 and 8, our form tutuor for us to be part of this thing called CC4G (Computer Club 4 Girls) and I thoughtit was awesome. We got these pink folkers with stickers (I was an easily amused teen okay? Give me anything colourful and I woud probaberly find it cute). After Googling, I've dound ou it's still about under the name TechFuture Girls.Basically we learnt how to touch type, amongst other computer related things which are probably things we just...know nowadays but hey!

Most of us nowadays can type without really looking but you know what? It's a pain for me. I love being able to type fast, but the fact I have Dyslexia means I meanke errors often. I'll press one key thinking it's a certain letter, when it's not. Not even close. Yes, we usually make errors when typing, but I'll usually make a fes in a sentence. So that adds up! That's why I am so thankfulful for technology. Writing blogposts or any document? We have autocorret - without that I wouldn't be able to see where I make errors, wnd I'd be clueslles on where I have gone eong. 

That's why I wrote this post in this way. To highlight just a little of how it feels to be Dyslexic. I've tried to typ ehow I usually would, or at least how my mind tries to, and left any errors in. It looks like a mess to most of you, probably but taking your rime, you can probably understand roughly what it says.

Up until Jnaruy 2014, I had no idea that I actually hasd Dyslexia - I had an inkkling at college a coupe of years prevosu, when I took a basic test, but soon forgot about it when they said it would codt me at least £300 and I wouldn't even know for sure that I had it. Ao basically if I didn't have it, that wold be a lot of money, wasted. At uni, I starte to feel out of my deapth, so went to the disability folks, and asked if I could be tested. After that, I got sent to sn educational psychologst, who after tests and various puzzled etc...rconfirmed what I thought - I had Dyelxia. 

It anwered a lot of questions...such as why my memory isn't the best - someone could tell me something and later in the day, ask me if I didn it. Hpwever,I'll have no recollection of it. Nothing whatsoever!

Oh, and books? As a kid I loved reding books. But over the past 6-8 years I just haven't been able to read books. I can't docus or concentrate and it upsets me because I want  to read. The last book I read (that took a good few months because I read bits, then have to stop for sometime, and go back to it in my own time), was One Day by David Nicholls.

The best way I can explain how I feel with it, is that it basically feels like those miments when you look at simple word you use evaryday,, and it stops making sense to you. 

As I write this post and preview it, I can only take in some of othe many mistakes I haven made in this post. Obviously this exaggerates how I type, ut it does best explain Dyslexia, I feel. I've realised where people have to think of each word as they go along, I have to think of each letter. If I think word by word? This happens!

So yes, this is how I can best describe how it feels to have Dyslexia. But this is just one of the many things that is part of it. There are so many different things in my everyday life that are different or more difficult because of Dyslexia! Do any of you have it?


  1. Loved reading this! What a simple but brilliantly powerful way to share and explain dyslexia. xx

  2. I have dyslexia as well and I got so many hate for it. 'It is not fair that you get extra time to do your exams' or 'You are jut faking it to get extra attention'.
    But it is hard and it does make me feel sad some times...

  3. Loved getting to know more about this, you are a great writer. Thank you! x


  4. I'll be honest and say that I'm a tragic ignorant and had no idea the actual feelings associated with Dyslexia, but this post has definitely enlightened me on that part. You've done such a wonderful job, Meg, and though I know I won't be able to fully comprehend it fully, just seeing it in this post has provided me much more insight.

    Regarding the reading part, though, I do have a suggestion: You could always listen to audiobooks. I know it's a vastly different experience to reading, but it's the next best thing. An alternative would also be to listen to audiobooks whilst reading. You'll be able to read at a comfortable pace and understand despite the things you'll see while reading. Perhaps you could give it a try and let me know (on Twitter because I don't get notifications if you reply here, ha!)

    Have a lovely August, Meg!

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