“… and unfortunately for me I was a bit more clever than I was dyslexic, so I had been able to compensate for the dyslexia fast enough that it had not become obvious to my teachers.”
I would wager I am a bit older than you, but I have the same issues. I wanted the stories so much, I taught myself how to read around the dyslexia. I didn’t figure it out until I was in my mid 30s and couldn’t balance the cash-drawer 4 nights out of 5 where I was employed. Maths was where it was most obvious … I didn’t care for it enough to figure out work-arounds.
I still don’t have an official diagnosis, but I can live with that.