This is a little exercise that I learned a while back. The rules are quite simple: just tell us what obstacles in your life you've overcome. The purpose is (allegedly) to show others that it's possible to surpass these things, and by putting it in words, you recognize it yourself.
I was born with Sensory Processing Disorder. I wasn't diagnosed until I was fifteen. Until then, I was nearly a suicide risk. My hearing was so sensitive, and I jumped at every single sound. The sensory information bombarded me, and it got so overwhelming that I'd break down each day. I'd act out because school was a hostile environment; my teachers yelled at me, punished me for my coping strategies, and my peers teased me for being different.
I was never diagnosed with SPD until I was fifteen. Fifteen long, long years of being told I was weird, abnormal, and generally worthless made me believe it. I thought that I was just a genetic failure. A mistake. That nobody would miss me if I went. Even today, my self-esteem is low. But then, it was through the floor. I was afraid of everything, I had (literally - I counted) four friends, and over twenty times that in enemies. I shielded myself from the world, and entered my own.
Now, I see my therapist weekly. I'm happy with what I do and who I am. I've got many more friends who support me and love me for who I am. People have grown up, and nobody taunts me for being different anymore.
My advice to people with SPD, and just people in general? DON'T GIVE UP!! It CAN be done, and this CAN be overcome! Yes, it's a burden, and yes it can be pure hell, but it's all worth it in the end.
I can't wait to hear everyone's stories! Just from chatting to people in general, I've heard some wonderful success stories.