I have decided to take a different approach with this blog and talk about a condition that has shaped my life and will continue to do so for as long as I am alive.
My condition (as far as anyone has been able to work out) is neurological in nature and affects my memory, balance, hand-eye co-ordination, my ability to write, my thought processes and possibly other things too. For a disorder that is fairly common, it is not a well known thing, and that is reflected in how people have treated me because of it.
I have had teachers call me lazy and stupid and say that I would never even make it through school, let alone get to university and get a degree. I have seen them refuse to accept the fact that this condition is very real, and has a very real effect on me and how I learn. All of this, and other things as well, drove me to depression and to a point where solvent abuse seemed my only escape.
It was at this point that I believe God decided to help me. He moved through my parents and got me the help I needed. He spoke through them and told me not to give up with school. He gave me the strength to prove people wrong and to get through my A-Levels and to get to the university that I wanted to go to and do the course that I had set my heart on. He also gave me the grace to forgive my detractors/
But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
We all have our trials to bear, whether physical, mental or otherwise. God will always be with you through your problems, and he will always provide help if you ask for it. The fact that I can sit here typing this with a degree under my belt, the love of the Almighty in my heart and the realisation that my problems have strengthened me and made me into a better person is testament to this.
May the blessings of the Almighty be with you today and all days.