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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Chasing Butterflies

Chasing Butterflies...

Once upon a time there was this little girl who enjoyed looking out the window. She could look out there for hours. Unfortunately, while she was in her own little world watching butterflies go by, the teacher was going over addition and subtraction on the chalkboard. It was not until the teacher stood there for a good 5-minutes that the girl even realized her train of thought had drifted.

Hello everyone! My name is Cristina and I just felt like sharing my story with you all. I was diagnosed with auditory processing disorder and ADD along with dyscalcula at age 8 and was given Ritalin 10 mg. As my mother put it, it was like a light-bulb turned on in my brain. I was still my shiny self, but I was more aware of what was going on around me. I struggled in math and was slow to processing information which was interpreted by PROFESSIONAL'S as "slow." I was in public school up to 6th grade. Oh, did I mention I'm partially deaf AND play piano through reading notes and playing by ear? Okay, so for six years, I was in special education classes and branded as lagging behind. Then, I was "falling through the cracks" by 6th grade. My teacher at the time saw potential in me and felt I should be in private school with tutoring. So, I went to a private Catholic school for two years with tutoring from my well-educated parents. Then, I went to a private high school. It wasn't easy, but I made it through with the help of my parents and all while being told by others, PROFESSIONALS, that I wasn't going to make it to college let alone pass high school. This made my parents push me even harder while constantly reminding me that the only way to know what I'm capable of is to try and try as hard as I can! So, with that being said, I finished high school. It took me a while to complete my AA degree, but I did! I passed! Then, I finished two certificates. One is in medical transcription and the other, my most recent, is in the medical assistant field.

I'm living a full life despite what my parents and I were told. I love playing piano and I play rock band drums with great success despite my hearing loss. I love photography as well! I'm married and we own a home in MY name! I'm learning how to go grocery shopping on a budget. Yup, did everything I wasn't suppose to, but in a good way! I'm enjoying life with my husband whose an IT computer guy and my kitty.    

So, there's my story! I'm living proof that anything is possible if you put your mind to it! I'm not a doctor like my dad, but I'm more then just slow! I'm wired differently! I'm in a happy place right now! I enjoy "chasing butterflies" at times and that's okay because it's part of who I am. I still take medication, but it doesn't change who I am, it just makes me a better person! Here's a photo of my husband and I on our most recent trip!

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