I want to share with you the incredible journey I’ve embarked on to bring dyslexia out of the shadows and into the spotlight. I’ve been on a mission to spread awareness about this often-hidden condition through my podcast, “Truth About Dyslexia.” During Dyslexia Awareness Month our podcast was downloaded more than 850,000 times worldwide—which shows how big the need is.
Dyslexia has been a part of my life since I was diagnosed with it at the age of ten. Looking back, I always knew there was something different about the way I processed information, but no one really explained what dyslexia was or how to deal with it. I had this misconception that I would outgrow it, but as it turns out, dyslexia doesn’t work that way.
My driving force behind this podcast is to shine a light on dyslexia, dispel misconceptions, and offer insight into how our minds operate. I want to empower individuals with dyslexia to not only understand themselves better but also to thrive in life despite the challenges they face.
Most people commonly associate dyslexia with a learning disability that affects reading, writing, and spelling. While that’s true to some extent, there’s so much more to it. Dyslexic individuals often struggle to comprehend their unique thought processes, and one of our primary goals is to assist them on their journey of self-discovery. We want to alleviate the frustration from the constant struggle with words.
I want to equip people with the tools they need to succeed, no matter their learning style. And second, I aim to raise awareness among those who work with and lead individuals with dyslexia. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by dyslexia, helping them unlock their full potential and thrive.
This struggle can lead to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt as dyslexic individuals grapple with tasks that seem straightforward to others. One listener shared, “I finally understand myself when I listen to this podcast series. I know what I must work on and how my brain works.” This sense of isolation and misunderstanding can be incredibly lonely, a battle that often remains invisible to those around us.
One of the podcast’s key objectives is to remind our listeners of their unique strengths. Many dyslexic individuals possess remarkable creativity, intuition, and a distinct perspective on the world. Yes, their journey may be challenging, but it’s also filled with opportunities for resilience and self-discovery. With the right understanding and support from those around them, these struggles can be transformed into strengths.