A Danger to Everyone — How I got over being different!
Growing up I had a tough time. I caused the people I love a significant amount of exhaustion, emotional fatigue, and pain. I was diagnosed with Attention deficit hyper disorder at a very young age. It consumed my life and the people around me. I was dangerous not only towards myself but to the children around me.
I learned to walk at 11 months old — WOOO.
I could also run and climb by the time I was 12 months old… Sorry, mom.
My mother was afraid every second of every day. For example, imagine placing your child in the stroller beside you. Turning your back for a slight second to close the trunk. To then realize your child is halfway across the parking lot with a stroller attached to their back… Then to ask employees if they have seen me… and to tell them “well she should be obvious, her stroller is still attached to her…
YUP! That was me.
I even managed to jump across the conveyor belts at the local grocery store.
Oh and the malls fountains, super cold — WOULD NOT recommend…
My mom ended up putting my clothes on back wards and inside out so I would strip and run into places I probablyyy shouldnt run into.
When I started school my life completely shifted.
School was definitely the hardest — most emotional experience — that I have ever had.
I got into trouble A LOT!, Especially in elementary school.
I was the kid to accidentally pull off the head of a teachers stuffed animal… (her father gave it to her when he was in the army) — he passed.
I was a class clown. A child who you could tell to do something and would in fact… do it.
I also bit a kid. yeah… I did… AWKWARD. But, I made a lot of friends after that :P…
OH, I acted like a pig in the middle of the classroom… Embarrassing.
But anyways…. The long hours of sitting — a caustic jabbing sensory pain.
I remember the bathroom breaks and the peals of laughter….
Staying still, concentrating, and not talking was probably the most painful sensations I have ever felt.
Various psychiatrists told my mother ways to fix me; however, she declared that I did not need to be fixed and that I was not broken. She encouraged me to alter my weaknesses into strengths and my present strengths stronger. Also, my weaknesses as a child were distractibility, forgetfulness, impulsivity, and inability to control my unpredictable thoughts.
However, turning those so-called weaknesses into strengths, I have the ability to focus on everything, to fully dedicate myself to many activities at a time, to be innovative, to be outspoken, and to continually have a mania of genius responses.
I grew up with a kid with diagnosed autism, both of us suffered tremendously with learning. Honestly, we helped each other.
We had to learn ways to cope with the things that made us different. He ended up being valedictorian. And gave an excellent one.
I went from failing all my classes in elementary school and middle school.
By high school each year my GPA rose, and by the last year, I achieved a 4.0 GPA. I had to look past all the negatives and see all the potential I have. In my last college, I kept that a 4.0 GPA streak!
I then became a student leader, student ambassador, a soccer player, a volunteer, and a tutor. Today I am accomplishing things that I never thought I could have done; such as being a student at the University of North Carolina. To then being accepted to their nursing program (2nd in the nation)
I also worked with children, helping them excel in school.
I helped a child with autism learn alllll the capitals by comparing the state and capital to SpongeBob pneumonic. :D … he got a 93% by the way.. YAY to SpongeBob…
Before my car accident this year, I had received multiple job interviews at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg children. As well as the Mayo Clinic. Both are the top medical facilities in the world.
However, I will have to take a pause right now and focus on my health.
Who knows what other opportunities are in my path.
I am not embarrassed to say that I have ADHD. It made me into the person I am today I appreciate the people around me and my life, everything that I am doing, it made me dedicated, caring, motivated, and a leader. Every day I’m desired to make a difference. I want to travel across the borders to help the underprivileged and neglected children. I want to give them the life they deserve. My whole life I have dedicated myself to be the best I can be every day; and, every day I learn new ways I can be even better.
And that is how this my life shaped me into who I am today. Into the non-biter, totally active, motivated individual… who happens to run about 5–10 miles a day (: