Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one. C.S. LEWIS
Having an invisible disability made me feel alone most of my life. It is not my disability that is invisible, but I felt invisible. As I started joining different groups on social media, I came to realise that I wasn’t alone and many other people are struggling with the same things daily.
Invisible disabilities are often the cause of vanishing friendships, and when I look at my own circle of friends, I can truly say that true friends are hard to find. Being part of these social media groups give my life purpose again and when you hear these people encouraging one another, you feel loved.
So why the name octa8on (Octagon)? It has a deep spiritual connection. The octagon represent eternal life and the number eight is symbolic of revival.
One of the interesting features of Hebrew and Greek is that in both written languages there are no numeric characters. Where we have numbers and letters, they have only letters. So, in each language the letters are also used as numbers. The interesting thing is that when a word is written, it has a numeric equivalent. For example, the word “Jesus” in Greek is iasous. The name of Jesus in Greek is spelled ιησους (I H Σ O Y Σ) (iota, eta, sigma, omicron, upsilon, and sigma). Substituting in the Greek numeral system the equivalent numerical values to each letter in the name of Jesus and adding them up, the total is 888. The values of each letter are: iota, 10; eta, 8; sigma, 200; omicron, 70; upsilon, 400; sigma, 200. The sum of 10 + 8 + 200 + 70 + 400 + 200 is 888.
The Number 888 is a most symmetrical Number – it can be reflected, inverted, and have its digits permuted – all with no change in its appearance. This binds with God’s use of this Number when He declared He is eternal unchanging nature, saying (Malachi 3:6) I am the Lord, I change not. The exact words written are:
I am the Lord, I change not
Ani YHVH, Lo shaniti = 888
I struggled with ADHD (only the symptoms, it only got a name when my son was diagnosed at 9 years). In my struggles as mentioned in the beginning, I didn’t have any friends, I was seen as an outcast and I felt different than my peers. I felt alone…
When my son started school it was a battle since grade 1 to get people to understand he is not responsible for his outbursts and meltdowns. He was almost expelled from school many times, and I think they only allowed him in school because I am a teacher, and I begged them to give him another, and another and another… change. It went on like this till the end of grade 8 when I decided to home-school him. It was a wonderful journey where I saw how my son changed for the better. The teachers who said he will become a criminal, eat your heart out… he is thinking of studying Law next year. He done 18 months less school time than he would have covered if he stayed in school.
He has international qualifications now, if he will ever want to study abroad. So for us, 8 has a truly wonderful meaning. It was the starting of a new life, a life without the world’s negative feedback and messages of failure. In my career I experienced revival after 8 years in teaching. I am now permanently employed at a school for disabled learners, and although I love them all, I have a soft spot for those with invisible disabilities, because for them there are no empathy.
For people with invisible disabilities Octa8on is my way to
- give all of you who feel invisible – a body again,
- make your voice be heard,
- help you make money at home, because I know one of the most difficult things is to keep a job,
- (last but not least) make you my friend… I know you need one, because I do understand.
For the rest of the world, I hope through Octa8on I will be able to open your eyes to an invisible world and help you to find empathy for people who did not asked to be in their situation. It is a lonely world and you as individual who visit my blog can change the meaning of life for so many struggling with an invisible disability.