Dear Tommy,  Sometimes Dyslexia sucks. It sucks when you’re struggling at school. It sucks when your friends and family don’t understand y...

Cat Rodie (Journalist) writes a Red Letter to Tommy

10:35:00 My Red Letter Dyslexia Awareness 0 Comments

Dear Tommy, 

Sometimes Dyslexia sucks. It sucks when you’re struggling at school. It sucks when your friends and family don’t understand you. Stuff that seems to come easily to some kids might seem impossible to you. It just isn’t fair. 

There is no denying that growing up with dyslexia is tough. But you know what? Sometimes, being able to see the world differently is awesome. Dyslexia isn’t a curse; it’s a blessing. 

You might not see it yet, but what you lack in spelling and reading you will make up for in creativity. Some of the worlds most gifted scientists, writers, actors, entropunures and sports people have struggled with dyslexia. And by seeing it a challenge rather than a hinderance they have turned it into their greatest asset. 

The school system has let you down, just as it let me down 30 years ago. You would think things would be different now. It is sad and shocking that it’s not. But we dyslexics have to stick together. We can change things. We can fight for better support. We can change common misconceptons. We can be brilliant. You are brilliant, Tommy. 

You, my young friend have the power to change the world, just by being you. 

Dyslexia rules. 

Love Cat x 

Cat is a journalist and features writer. She has dyslexia herself and thinks children with dyslexia should be part of the conversation to change the experience of dyslexia. You can learn more about Cat on her website


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