My name is Mandilyn. Ive had a complicated life. At 14 I learned to read. I am a visual learner and learned by seeing simply patterns of letters that create a sound. I've loved art since I was too little to hold a pencil. My early stuff was full of detail and I struggled to grasp the concept of creating a whole. I also had the ability to repeat anything I heard (which annoyed my mother because if she said something contrary I would simply remind her of what she had said, verbatim). I learned that when drawing and listening the words seemed more vivid. I have had Ulcerative Colitis that starting when I was about 7. . I had 5 surgeries at 19 to remove my large intestines. they found cancer so I also had Chemo. Ive since been cancer free.
I had my first son one year after my surgery. He has was diagnosed with autism when he was 5. In kindergarten all the other kids wanted to be ballerinas and firemen but I wanted to be a marine biologist. I had to tell the teacher what a marine biologist did. I was obsessed with ocean life. I loved whales but also plankton.. and algae. Since I couldn't read, Discovery and Nova (and star Trek) became the most anticipated parts of me week. I learned after I had gotten my Diving license at 14 that I was unable to scuba. A huge blow to my ambitions. I decided at that point that I had better learn how to be a great teacher. because of illness and family Ive never finish collage. But I still learn something everyday. I crave it. I was a preschool teacher for 8 years. I co-owned a restaurant with my husband but lost it in the recession. Ive been home since then, being a mom and artist!
Poeple, Art, Science, Music, Autism
We need to change the way we look at the world and reward and cellabrate Heroes..I have an Idea!
I got turnned on to TED about two years ago and have been facinated by it ever since.. so for about a week after the TED confrence you could find me doing nothing but watching videos
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