Life through the lens of dyslexia
I’m Úna, a trained dyslexic tutor and assessor.
I too have been navigating my life through the lens of a dyslexic.
My journey through education was a challenging and lonely one. I experienced anxiety and bullying. I struggled. I have endless memories etched on my soul of the frustration of spending hours doing my homework each night as it took me so much longer than other children.
School itself was an emotional rollercoaster between overwhelm and the kick in the stomach of underwhelm when I received disappointing results from teachers, despite my best efforts.
I felt broken. My mental well-being suffered as I experienced panic attacks.
Thankfully when I moved school in fifth year I was assessed for dyslexia and finally received some support. I learned that my brain was not broken; it was simply wired differently. Even though there was still a long way to go, at least I was on a path and my road to expressing my truth was closer.
I would love to tell you my life became a bed of roses from that day forward, but that would not do justice to the slow reclaiming of my wellbeing and continued hard work. I can tell you that being more understood and being able to understand myself was enough to give me the ambition and drive to create systems and develop them over time.