Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dyslexia Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness, but did you know that it is also Dyslexia Awareness Month as well? Dyslexia falls in the category of a Brain Disorder, so that awareness ribbon is silver. I haven't told that many people, but my son was recently diagnosed as a highly impaired Dyslexic. The more research I do, the more discouraged I become to find that a lot of people don't realize the extent of how impairing dyslexia can be. I won't go into the woes of how discouraging it has been just trying to get the right diagnosis for my son over the past 4 years, but I will tell you that God is good. We are still trying to get the right treatments, and insurance keeps denying us, but we are at least on the right track. The more I read, the more I understand. Sure, I wish that someone could have seen this years ago, but I believe everything happens in God's timing, and He will see us through.

I made this card for a few challenges. It uses one of Laurie's adorable Doodle Pantry images (yes, I just love the adorable ants), called I will Survive. I used the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday, the challenge of hearts from Little Red Wagon, and the challenge of ruffles from CCEE.
Image: I will Survive
Ink: Black Soot Distress Ink, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand
Paper: My Mind's Eye dp, unknown blue, Cottonball White (CDS)
Accessories: Copics, silver ruffle ribbon (MFT), Designer Label Die (CDS), sponges, Silver Spica pen, silver brads

Thanks for listening to me blabber on. We never really realize how important something is until it affects us. Have a wonderful Thursday!


  1. Hey Cassie...your little ants are sooo cute!!! Your coloring is gorgeous, as always, and I love the pleated ribbon!!!! I'm glad you finally received a diagnosos for your you can move forward in the right direction!!! My DH has dyxlexia...actually spent 20 years in the service before he was diagnosed!!! Hope you find the services he needs...sending prayers and hugs!!

  2. Adorable card, Cassie! I'm so glad you got the diagnosis for ds. I know how frustrating it can be as a homeschool mom when you know something isn't right and you don't know what. My dd was 16 before we found out she had celiac disease, which causes (among other things) brain fog. It was a long 16 years not knowing what her problem was! But I was so thankful that we could homeschool and give her the one on one attention. She graduated last year and is working at JCPenney's now, saving $$ for college. God is Good!!

  3. Great card Cassie! Love everything about it! Sending love your way, I know you have a tough road, but you are a wonderful mom, exactly what M&M need. :o)

  4. Hi Cassie, I just love your card the image is so so cute and I adore the colours and desgin papers. I smiled when I saw your card for two reasons #1 What your card represented and why and #2 I live in New Zealand and here you are in the States and we have both used the same paper!!! I have left a link with my card so you can see it as well
    I am so glad that your son has been diagnosed in away it's a relief especially as a mum you know there is something just not right and you can't see what the problem is. It's a shame that the professionals take so long before they give you their results. I have a friend who has twin girls they are now 11 but when they were young she knew that one was different to the other but couldn't work out what? The little girl was finelly diagnosed she had Autism, she is now in a special class with a caregiver and that is hard on twins being seperated at least they are at both at the same school. Also the little girl with Autism is maturing quicker as girls do than the sister that is in a general class. Take care keep your chin up be strong as there is a light at the end of every tunnel.
    Thanks so much for joining us this week at SSW and good luck.

  5. What a wonderful cause...Your card is adorable. I love your DP and super cute image. Wish you all the best and that you will be able to get the help needed for your son. God bless!
    Nancy SSW-DT

  6. I am so glad that you are finally getting some answers. I know this has been a difficult road for you.. I will pray that you find the right path.. This card is beautiful.. I know that you put your heart into homeschooling and I think you are awesome..Keep up the great work..:)

  7. Cassie,
    This card is beautiful and I am happy to hear that you are making strides toward a successful plan for your son. I deal with some dyslexia and it is quite challenging. I feel for him and for you as you try to help him through it. Patience was something that I wished my parents had more of when I was growing up-they just got frustrated with me and thought I didn't want to learn. :/

    Hugs to you luv,

  8. Awww I will be praying for your son and your family. I hope you find the right path for him soon.

    Love this card, so sweet.

    :) Jenny

  9. Love how you colored up your card and those ants are so cute carrying the BC Ribbon! Love those papers too! Thanks for joining us at SSW! So glad your son was finally diagnosed and best wishes with your treatments for him!

  10. Very sweet card Cassie! I wish all the best for your son! I'll pray for him, and you too! :D

  11. Love how you colored up those sweet ants. Such a sweet card. Thanks for playing along @ SSW!!!

  12. God is good you are right and his timing is what makes for encouragement. Know that he is always there even when you don't think he is at times. Big hugs Cassie and I am glad that he lead someone to you when he did to help with your son and his diagnosis. It will be positive and helpful from here on out. Your card is very sweet, great coloring.

  13. What a gorgeous card! I love the colors and that you made it silver for Dyslexia month. A real beauty. Thanks so much for playing at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

    Deanne :)

  14. Awesome card - I absolutely love it! Great colors and papers too. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

    Peace & Luv,

  15. Beautiful card Cassie! Will be keeping you and your son in my prayers. So glad to have you playing along with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday!

  16. What an adorable card! I just love the colors that you picked for it!!
    Thank you for sharing!!

    Jessica Lynn

  17. Hi Cassie! What a super sweet card!!! I love everything about it! Keep fighting for your son, as I know you will. Being a Mom with an autistic child, that is something I must do everyday to get what is best for him. Cyber hugs being sent!! Oh, and thanks for joining us at SSW!


  18. Fab card! I love the image & the big ribbon is gorgeous. I wish the best for you & your son & I hope you find the right treatment soon. Thanks for joining us this week @ SSW :)


  19. have you read "Disconnected Kids" by Dr. Robert Melillo yet? MUST READ for anyone dealing w/dyslexia on any extent. Also a MUST READ for anyone w/a child that has any kind of neurological issues (ie: dyslexia, SPD, Autism, etc)


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