Celebrating the woman who showed me that neurodiversity is to be celebrated!
I was diagnosed with ADHD in November 2019. I’d worked it out about 18 months before that.
Until then, I’d spent my whole life wondering ‘what’s wrong with me?’
I’d been asked it many times too!
Discovering I have an ADHD brain helped me understand AAALLLL of the struggles I’d experienced… the nagging sense of not being quite like the people around me…. my ‘kid playing dress up’ career….my addictions, disastrous love life, and life littered with abandoned hobbies, passions and dreams.
I went from ‘what is wrong with me?’ to “seriously, no one could see it? It’s SO obvious!” very quickly.
After a few months of confusion as I tried to learn everything I could about ADHD, while grappling with profound grief at all the ‘what if’s of my life, I found Tracy Otsuka and her podcast.
Tracy was everything I needed. Through her podcasts, I learned that there’s a positive side to ADHD. In her group, I discovered I wasn’t alone in my weirdness. And when I took her training, I discovered that, holy shit, I’m really bloody good at some stuff!
ADHD does cause me significant challenges. I’m messy, disorganised, forgetful, emotional, erratic, hyperactive and so much more.
But thanks to Tracy I also see that I am passionate, creative, excitable, flexible, adaptable and so much more.
After a life of focusing on my flaws, uncovering my strengths and skills was a gift.
At the start of Neurodiversity Celebration Week, I want to celebrate the woman who showed me that having ADHD isn’t a curse, but a blessing to be celebrated.
In the 2 years since we first spoke, she’s transformed my life. As Dr Ned Hallowell said, she really is “the fairy godmother of ADHD women!”
I am so grateful to you, Tracy.
Is there anyone you would like to celebrate who has inspired or helped you with your neurodiversity?
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