I am 26 years old and was born with cognitive disabilities that make it hard for me to learn, to understand, to process and are slower with things than typical adults. I have a normal IQ, I must am slow and learn differently and takes awhile for me to understand or be able to do something. I sometimes need help with clarification, reading, and get extended time on tests in college.
I am in my fifth year at college and going for a bachelors of science in teaching special education and general education birth through Kindergarten. It may take me 6 1/2 years to get my degree, but I am an inspiration to others around me. I am very tenacious, studious and I work very hard and ask for help when needed. If I do not understand something I ask for help or try to find another way I can figure out what it means in a different way, like my husband reading it to me, you-tube, or by getting a tutor. I have a 4.0 GPA at my school so far and no one can stop me.
I have been called stupid, slow and dumb my whole life from my peers, some of my family, and friends. I have pushed out the negative people and things in life and now only focus on what is important, the family and friends as well as the co-workers that actually care about me. I work hard to improve my memory, get better at reading as well as improve my social skills.
I suffer with anxiety and depression, but that does not hold me back. Now I have family and friends are left in my life that are supportive and the ones that are not, are out of my life. I will get through this like everything else I have done in my life.