The Diversity of Our Experiences
We’re just a couple of days away from the Every Day Challenges: Taking a Closer Look at Adult ADHD Patient Summit and live webcast in New York City that I wrote about last week and I find myself – surprisingly – actually looking forward to it. The truth is that after over 15 years of ADHD advocacy, I don’t often get excited about events like these anymore. I have to say it’s nice to have that feeling of excitement and anticipation again.
One of the reasons I am so excited about the summit is that I’ve had the opportunity to join the “prep” calls with most of the panelists the past couple of days. Even though I’ve met most of them previously, and even have close relationships with a couple of the panelists, those calls have given me a chance to really get to know them as well as learn about their experiences with ADHD. The diversity of those experiences is just amazing! And that diversity is what will make this summit such an important event for adult ADHD patients, family members, coaches and healthcare providers.
Each of us arrived at our ADHD diagnosis in a different way… and each of us has taken a different path to arrive where we are now. I think that’s what makes ADHD such a fascinating – and frustrating – disorder. It is truly individual in the way that it manifests itself and each of us has followed our own unique path to successful management of the disorder. While there are some commonalities among the symptoms, treatments and coping skills we use, ADHD is a disorder that is unique for each individual it touches. No wonder we’re such a creative group – that seems to be the very nature of ADHD!
I hope that each of you has a chance to tune into the webcast or join us live for the summit (call 1-866-373-8792 to reserve your seat) on Thursday (December 4th). After sitting in on the calls with this outstanding group of panelists, I’m not only excited about my own involvement in the summit, but also proud that ADDA is a co-sponsor of the event, along with The HealthCentral Network and McNeil Pediatrics™. I think you will find the diversity of the panelists’ experiences as interesting, fascinating and enlightening as I have. I’ve learned something from every one of them that will help me in my own ADHD journey, and help me as I guide my children through theirs. I’m betting that you will too. If nothing else, you’ll know that you are not alone.