I am a single mother of two wonderful little boys. I am trying to stay afloat every single day and somehow manange to always be able to laugh, smile and give lots of hugs to the people I love.
Parenting with ADHD
When my son was 5-years-old, I noticed that he was having behavioral issues at school and potentially going to fail kindergarten for the mere reason that he couldn't sit still. His father and I decided to start the process of having him evaluated by a psychologist. Every year at school after that, he kept having issues focusing and finishing his work. He KNEW how to do the work but simply couldn't finish it. After multiple tests and evaluations at the age of 7, my son was offically diagnosed with ADHD with impulse control.
Our Last Ride
Our Last Ride Every day we deal with grief. On this day I dealt with a grief I had not experienced in my life before. Athena was her name and 12 years ago I adopted this 11-week-old Boxer. I didn't know back then that the next twelve years of my life with her would mean so much to me.
How Did I Get Here?
I am a 36-year-old single mother. I own my house and I work two jobs... I have a boyfriend of almost two years that still refuses to live together. Why do you ask? Well, I have been racking my brain on why myself. I sit back and look at my life and think, "How did I end up here?" Let's go back to the beginning.
Living with Anxiety
I am 36 yrs old, single mother and recently diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety. I want to share my story because so many people think that adults diagnosed with ADHD are full of crap and people with anxiety need to "chill out". Well, living with anxiety and having your mind constantly going and worrying is not easy to shut off. I didn't realize I had ADHD until my 5-year-old son needed to be evaluated for it. I started researching the symptoms and finding out I had a lot of the symptoms but I never told anyone. My best friend and mother is the only one who could tame anxiety attacks I would have or the overthinking and constant worry that plagued me every single day. I needed to find a way to get ahold of it so I could help my son as he was officially diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 7. One fact I did not know was that this is hereditary and my mother was diagnosed with ADHD in her 60s! I now have two jobs, bought a house for my children and I. The anxiety has gotten so much worse with all the stress that comes from owning a home as a single mother, but it is manageable. Sharing my story will hopefully shed light on the stigma that is given to adults living with ADHD and anxiety. We suffer and fight it everyday. As a mother we HAVE to be strong for our children and I do not want to let them down in the future.