A while back I fought cancer and survived. I was given back the gift of life…
To use and not waste.
I couldn’t have survived without many people encouraging and validating me, coaching me to find my life’s core value – and to not only survive but also to rediscover dignity and purpose in my life.
That purpose – based on my core values and my extensive pediatric experience with ADHD – was to coach youth. My passion is to work with, encourage, and help to succeed some of the brightest but most vulnerable young people around – those with ADHD.
Young people with ADHD often get little sympathy. Parents say “You did that task once, so why can’t you do it this time? But they may not understand that ADHD is an inconsistency disorder, where executive functions are variable, situationally specific, emotionally influenced , and easily de-railed.
ADHD is an invisible disorder, occurring in bright and talented people who are often time blind, and just can’t get it all together to finish things, even when they try very hard.
One college student told me, about his ADHD, “You can’t imagine what it’s like having ADHD. I can’t satisfy anyone.” Many people with ADHD have come to believe that failure is inevitable.
However, from my experiences with hundreds of young people with ADHD., I do know this:
Intrepid people with ADHD can be invincible. Not to conquer the world, nor to focus perfectly, but to SUCCEED through unextinguished effort, to find and implement your best strengths and unique competencies.
…Appreciating your specially gifted personhood, and maybe even shaking a
sometimes boring, constrained, and visionless world.
…Doing this with grit, helped by the validation of others, aided by resources and structure, and fueled by your own innate creativity and energy.
…Confirming your dignity, purpose, and meaning.
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