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Defying the Odds: How Ellen Busch Turned Her Dyslexia to Her Advantage

June 9, 2023 | Jessica Kidwell and Ellen Busch| Neuroversity Season 2 Episode 7

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Podcast Notes:

Have you heard these myths about dyslexia? 

  • Myth #1: Dyslexia means you're not smart. 

  • Myth #2: Dyslexia is just a reading problem.

  •  Myth #3: Dyslexia is a childhood problem that you outgrow. 


These myths can be damaging to individuals with dyslexia, causing low self-esteem and a lack of empowerment. The truth is, dyslexia affects reading, writing, and spelling, but it does not reflect intelligence. Furthermore, dyslexia is a lifelong condition that can also bring unique strengths and talents. Join memoirist Ellen Busch as she shares her personal journey with dyslexia and how she has turned it into her advantage.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Learn the significant role supportive parents and communities play in the success and well-being of individuals with dyslexia.

  • Uncover the unique thought processes of people with dyslexia and how they can leverage these strengths in various aspects of life.

  • Understand the importance of lifelong personal development and investment for both individuals with dyslexia and society at large.

  • Gain insights on overcoming challenges, boosting self-confidence, and investing in yourself.


Meet Ellen Busch, an inspiring memoirist whose lived experience with dyslexia has transformed her into a strong advocate for neurodiversity. In her memoir, Disempowered: How I Turned an Academic Death Sentence into My Life's Greatest Adventure, Ellen recounts the struggles she faced throughout her education and how she eventually earned not only a bachelor's degree in Health Science but also an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. As a former EMT and adventurer with hobbies ranging from scuba diving to skiing, Ellen is determined to uplift other dyslexic individuals and help them embrace their unique strengths.

Empowered with Ellen Busch

July 9, 2023 | Dennis Stoika and Ellen Busch| Modern Era Warriors

Interview with Ellen Busch | Jessica Buchanan Deserts to Mountaintops Podcast

October 24, 2023 |  Jessica Buchanan and Ellen Busch| Deserts to Mountaintops Podcast

Interview with Author Ellen Busch hosted by Jessica Buchanan from Soul Speak Press and Deserts to Mountaintops Podcast!

Ellen's Memoir "(dis)Empowered: How I Turned an Academic Death Sentence Into My Life’s Greatest Adventure" is available now anywhere you purchase books online.

About "(dis)Empowered":

Despite being raised in a loving family, life had left Ellen Busch traumatized and at her wit's end. Busch had no home, no job, no relationship, and no hope of having a family.


Even though Ellen escaped from an abusive husband, she was controlled by the unshakable stigma of dyslexia that erased any shred of self-worth. Busch couldn’t see that she was a victim of trauma until one fateful day, on a crowded highway, when she had a moment of realization that would change the trajectory of her life.

(dis)Empowered traces Busch’s journey from a troubled child trapped in an educational system that believed she was broken, to an insecure adult who grasped at each success like a rung on a ladder. But as she climbed, the view never changed because she could not see her own successes. All she saw was a woman who was unworthy, incapable, feeling powerless.


After being deceived into a marriage with a narcissist, left with nothing, she surrendered to a higher power. And in one epiphanic moment, she realized that everything that had happened to her had happened for her.


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Mindset and Overcoming Dyslexia and Narcissistic Abuse with Ellen Busch

November 2, 2023 |  Jared Mello and Ellen Busch| The Wizard of Radical Self-Respect Interview #14

Todays guest is Ellen Busch, the author of book (dis) Empowered. We will discuss her battle with dyslexia, bullying, abuse, and how she overcame it all!

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Stories of Education Gone Wrong

February 6, 2024 | Thomas Wilson and Ellen Busch| Reflections Episode 2

In this episode, we explore how the American Educational System worked (or didn't work) for children of diagnosed mental illness.


Thomas shares his story of an educational system unable to accommodate his diagnosis of Bi-Polar Disorder.

Ellen shares her story of the same educational system, only in her case her parents were told that her diagnosis of Dyslexia was essentially a death sentence.

Reflections is a video podcast, simultaneously broadcast on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and many other outlets. Similar to The Moth from NPR, each episode showcases storytellers who share tales from their own lives. Successes, failures, lessons learned. Travel, humor, and real life.

Hosted by Rick Higgins and The Pirate Wanderer YouTube channel, Reflections brings real stories and real outcomes to your favorite podcasting provider.


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