Plato wrote, “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” I thought of these words as I sat in the multipurpose room packed with parents and educators from our community.
My 11-year-old daughter was sitting with a panel of experts facilitating a discussion on ADHD. I could barely hold back the tears as she read a passage from our soon to be released book on our life with ADHD.
“I went back to school after I was diagnosed. One of my great friends, Davis, asked me if I had autism. I said, “no, but I do have ADHD.” Davis replied, oh good, I don’t know what that is, but I’m sure I will learn about it.” That reassured me that no one would tease me about my ADHD, and no one ever has.” Simple and honest logic from a girl who has chosen to see the gifts in her diagnosis.
When she finished reading, thunderous applause filled the room. It has taken me years of research and soul-searching to openly discuss the subject of her ADHD diagnosis. I was awestruck with her poise and courage as she shared her deepest struggles with the audience.
I began blogging about my journey parenting a family touched by ADHD last year. My hope was to educate myself about this disorder and help others in my position along the way. This led to the decision to work on a book about ADHD with my daughter.
Pickles may struggle to get out the door on time every morning. She needs extra help organizing her school work every week. But next time I need to find the courage to advocate for ADHD awareness, I don’t have to look far for a shining example of how to be strong.
What obstacle has your child overcome that has made you step back and take notice? Please share your triumph in the comments.