I was in fifth grade when I was diagnosed with ADHD. The transition from fifth grade to middle school was incredibly hard on me. Trying to balance everything felt as if someone was laying a ton of bricks on my body. I was angry about it and angry that there was no one advocating on my behalf. I failed 6th and 7th grade.
In high school it was just as hard. I had to take the lower level classes, while all my friends were in the higher classes. I felt so insecure about it. At one point I wanted to drop out of high school, but I didn’t through the wisdom of a friend. I graduated high school and didn’t attend college till I was married with two children. I am now diagnosed with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and Adult ADD.
Every day is a struggle as I am trying to balance my career and family. Sometimes I feel as if I am barely keeping my head above water. At times I feel like I do not belong and other times I feel like I am right where I am meant to be. It is funny too, because I am working in a high school with students who remind myself of me when I was their age. I am able to encourage them, and have a little more of an understanding of what they struggle with. It isn’t easy, but I refuse to allow my disabilities to define me.
It is funny too, because I am working in a high school with students who remind myself of me when I was their age. Kristi Andrews Job Coach, Charleston County School District