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Surgery Corrected The Cosmetic Issue Around The Age Of 4

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When I was five, I would tell anyone who would stand still long enough to listen that I was going to college because, I would be a teacher. I remember riding in the car with my parents and counting, “Only nine more years,” showing them the number nine using two small hands. There was never a question in my mind, I would go to college and I would be a teacher. Life in my house was at times an adventure and at other times a misadventure. Deep in the throes of a misadventure and while pregnant with my youngest brother Zach, my mother was unwittingly poisoned. Unfortunately, Zach was born with several physical and intellectual disabilities. One significant issue was amblyopia, also known as lazy eye. Surgery corrected the cosmetic issue around the age of 4, but he would never see out of both eyes simultaneously, only one or the other. First grade was rough for Zach, involving the diagnosis of significant learning disabilities, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia. Writing, reading, memorizing, retaining new information, paying attention, and math of any kind seemed impossible for my brother. His teachers spent most of the class time controlling his behavior. Unsuccessfully, our parents tried everything within their power to help him. Sadly, it wasn’t long before his teachers threw in the towel, labeled him un-teachable, and made it clear there was nothing more they could do. In the mean time, I was hiding out in my bedroom
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