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Nominate Your ADHD Hero Contest for ADHD Awareness Week 2012
Celebrate ADHD Awareness Week by telling us about the person who inspires you most in your ADHD life -- and enter to win a Basket of the Best ADHD Products, worth over $250!
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Win a Basket of the Best ADHD Products, worth over $250!  Products all specially selected by the editors of ADDitude magazine.
 

 

Celebrate ADHD Awareness Week by telling us about the person who inspires you most in your ADHD life and why. Was it your third-grade teacher? Your baseball coach? Your mom or dad? A best friend? Tell us who and why!

All entrants will also be entered in a random drawing to win one of five one-year subscriptions to ADDitude magazine!


Enter the contest by leaving a comment below about your ADHD Hero—mom or dad, son or daughter, friend, teacher, coach, boss—and why he or she inspires you.

Note: To participate, please join ADDConnect and log in to leave a comment. You must use a valid email address to be included in the contest.

Enter by midnight on October 30, 2012, for a chance to win a Basket of the Best ADHD Products (a $250 value) or one of five one-year subscriptions to ADDitude magazine (a $24.99 value).

The Basket of the Best ADHD Products includes:
1. A 2GB Echo™ smartpen by Livescribe
2. A Delta Planner, with 3 vinyl subject sleeves
3. A Foundit membership
4. A WatchMinder Watch

Contest rules: For a chance to win a Basket of the Best ADHD Products or to be entered into a random drawing to win one of five one-year subscriptions to ADDitude magazine, leave a comment telling us who inspires you the most in your ADHD life. Entries will be chosen at random to win a Basket of the Best ADHD Products ADHD or one-year subscription to ADDitude magazine. To see full rules, click here.

Deadline: The Nominate Your ADHD Hero Contest begins at 5 p.m. EST on October 1, 2012, and ends on October 30, 2012. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 30, 2012.

Good luck!


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My name is Denise and I have four children one with ADHD.  My child with ADHD is my hero… he inspirited me to start a parent to parent support group for parent who have kids with ADHD. The challenges are family faces every day when raising a child with ADHD is the drive that keeps our family together. Running this support group helps us as parents be on the same page and also helps other parent feel that they are not alone.  Raising a family is a journey.


Check out my website   http://www.adhdsupportgroup.ca

Denise

Kingston Ontario

Denise
Kingston Ontario

By Denise vd Engel on Wednesday, October 03, 2012 at 2:56 am.

I am a fifteen year old girl who has ADHD, PTSD, and ODD. My mom is my hero because she challenges me to be the best that I can be and she gets me the support I need to be successful. I love my mom very much. I do make her upset with me a lot, but she keeps trying to help me no matter how upset I make her. She never gives up on me and is always there for me. That is why my mom is my hero.

By Catemily on Wednesday, October 03, 2012 at 11:12 pm.

I am the mother of 5, 4 of which have ADHD. Although all of my children are my heros, my 7 year old son Corey has opened my eyes and my heart to the difficulties children like him endure. I was very quiet growing up and continued to be as an adult. After Corey was born I wondered where he got his dynamic personality. It certainly was not from me. He taught me to let him be himself, not to be concerned about the attention he could draw. I have also learned to speak up for my children, to advocate for them and not be ashamed to do so. Corey has changed me helped me to grow.

By klkilroy95 on Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 10:40 pm.

I am Married to a saint I have ADD really bad.  Treatment has not been easy to get and has been working 2 jobs just so I will have the money to go.

By ADDCRAZYmom on Friday, October 05, 2012 at 2:20 am.

I didn’t know I had ADHD at the time but my ADHD High School English/Drama teacher, Keith Brown, was my inspiration. He took his active personality and channeled it to help kids and now he is a public speaker, traveling the country teaching kids their value.

By scruggle on Friday, October 05, 2012 at 3:49 am.

My ADD hero is my 7yo son. By his diagnosis and ability to deal with his challenges he was shown me that it’s ok to embrace my own recent diagnosis and to get help with it so that I can be the most successful mom, wife, and whatever else I want to be.

By KaylaR on Friday, October 05, 2012 at 9:00 am.

Hello kayla,  you go girl! ! My son is 9 and was diagnosed with adhd when he was 3. It has been a journey,  but worth it Bc I love my son. I’m new to this. God is good.

By super mom on Friday, October 05, 2012 at 9:35 am.

I am a mum of 5 kids 3 with add and adhd Tourette’s
And combative behavior disorder my 9 yr old son Kai is my hero in kindergarten they told me he was a bad kid in 1 st grade they tried to fail him he was never invited to parties , one kid in his class told him my mum says you can’t come over cause your a bad kid she was a classroom helper .  We took him for diagnosis and his case was so severe he was off the charts he talks about death alot and used to want to die This was such a painful time for him his own father had no patience for him and frequently told him he just needed the s*#t beaten out of him and that he couldn’t stand to be around him .  After diagnosis once he was sorted with his meds he has been amazing he takes 3 different meds a day and never complains .His father walked out on us 1 month ago for another woman , my son Kai took a very hard and important maths test yesterday and got an A his teacher said he is her most perfect student he has been tested on all subjects and. Was advanced on them all , he has suffered through judgments cruelty and family difficulties and come out on top just the other night he said to mummy I want you to go on dates and find someone to love you the right way cos your the best and someone should make you happy . He is a survivor tough and yet still loving takes his knocks and gets back up and right now is holding my hand and telling me to get back up he is my hero

By ukgirly5 on Friday, October 05, 2012 at 9:51 am.

I will always have to say that Dr. Ed Hallowell is my ADHD Hero simply because without his work I would have thought that having ADHD was a condtion that I had to suffer with for the rest of my life.  The medications were not working.  I came across Dr. Hallowell’s work and in particular a book that he co-authored with Catherine A. Corman, entitled “Positively ADD”.  The information and personal stories in this book helped to springboard my life to live out the gifts and talents that God had given me!  His work told me of all of the good/positive attributes of ADHD.  All of the other material/information that I found only gave gloom and doom.  Through my work as a chaplain/counselor I have been able to pass this information onto others who were struggling with ADHD.  Some were even going into depression.  I surely would not be where I am today if God had not lead me to Dr. Edward Hallowell’s work.  He is my ADHD Hero!

By wholeheart on Friday, October 05, 2012 at 2:40 pm.

I’m BeeJay, a 20 year old Drama Student at De Montfort University, England. My ADHD Hero is my mum.
I was diagnosed at the age of about 4/5, when ADHD was even more misunderstood than it is now. As soon as they had the diagnosis, my parents bought every book on the subject they could find and read them all. During primary school, she came in every few days and taught letter formation to other kids just so she could also teach me, as I had huge problems with it. She defended me when teachers ignored the condition, and taught them when they admitted to just not understanding. Because I was a bit of a recluse at school, she encouraged me to join the scouting movement, which I enjoyed thoroughly for a good 10 years. She even became a leader of the cub group to spend more time with me.
She did all this whilst coping with a painful spinal problem.
As I grew up, so did her help. In secondary school she took a step back so I could stand on my own legs, but would defend me if I needed it. However, if I WAS at fault, she would tell me so there and then. She pushed me to reach my own goals, and thanks to her I was able to attend a variety of theatre and music groups, which in turn help my self confidence and passion to grow. In sixth-form (age 16-18) she agreed to help me come off of medication and help me learn coping mechanisms as an adult, as I felt that the Concerta completely changed who I was. Also, understanding my lack of time-management skills she essentially acted like a walking diary for me without me even asking her to. If I had a deadline, she’d remind me.
Last year I had a breakdown due to a variety of uni-related things and a realisation of built-up anxiety. She was there for me through every step of my rehabilitation, every anti-depressant and every low point. All this whilst she, herself was going through something similar silently.
Thanks to everything she’s done for me, I am now in my final year of University. She still rings me to wake me up and reminds me of deadlines occasionally, even though now I’ve learnt how to manage them myself (thanks to her.) I would not be where I am today without her, that is for sure.

And you know what the kicker is? My father also has ADHD, so she has had to help him just as much throughout the last 22 years.

I’ve never had the chance to tell her how much I appreciate everything she’s done for me, so I’m taking it now. She is my inspiration and the best mum I could have ever asked for.

By PurplePhoenix on Friday, October 05, 2012 at 2:45 pm.
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