Cat Rodie is an Australian freelance journalist, she also has Dyslexia.  In support of the My Red Letter campaign she has written her ow...

My Red Letter 2017 - L014 - Cat Rodie

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Cat Rodie is an Australian freelance journalist, she also has Dyslexia. 

In support of the My Red Letter campaign she has written her own red letter in an article published in The Age. 

You can read the full article here

Dear Faye,

Teachers told me that I was stupid and lazy so often that I started to believe it was true. I'd stopped trying so hard – what was the point? My efforts always ended in brutal humiliation. I was close to giving up altogether.

I vividly recall the moment you explained dyslexia to me. It sounds like a cliché to say a great weight lift from my shoulders, but there isn't another way to describe the feeling. Suddenly there was a reason that I was struggling. I wasn't stupid or lazy Рmy brain was just wired differently.

I floated out of your office with a new hope for the future – my dreams were not lost after all. The next day I walked into school with a new conviction. My diagnosis was like a superpower – it gave me the strength to fight back.

My school days are long behind me now, and I've stopped fighting. I still can't spell (my kids ask Siri when they need a word spelled out) but I am writing for a living, just like I always wanted.

Thank you for explaining the gift of dyslexia to me.

With love,

Cat


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