ADHD may be an obstacle, but perseverance and determination are it’s strengths

I am worried about my son, Luke, who’s eight years old and has ADHD. I have been worried about him since the second day of kindergarten. My worry has escalated most days since his diagnosis with ADHD, the revelation of his complex sensory issues, and the unveiling of his dysgraphia and written expression disorder. The last few years have been a tough road for our family. With each bad day at school (which have been most days), I worry more and more about the road ahead, about his future.

Luke is smart (very high IQ in fact), he’s creative, and he has a heart of gold. And despite these things, he struggles every. single. day. It’s heartbreaking to watch as his parent and I imagine it’s grueling for him. I think this stark contrast between great intelligence and creativity, and the challenges of ADHD and learning disabilities somehow cause me to worry more about him. Maybe a fear he won’t be able to reach his potential.

In the midst of these fears, I search for stories of adults who have overcome these sorts of struggles. Maybe not overcome them, but learned to cope with them and found a way to achieve happiness in spite of them. I have read a few stories that give me this hope, but none as powerful as the story of Andres Torres, Outfielder for the San Francisco Giants. His story is certainly one of hope but also a story of determination, perseverance and, above all, heart.

Filmmaker Chusy Jardine of PlanA Films, is making a movie called Gigante about Andres, ADHD, late blooming, and working to achieve the greatness inside of you. Chusy gave a fantastic talk at TEDx San Francisco recently about these topics with a brief Q&A with Andres as well. Take a look — it’s 16 minutes long but worth every second:

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  • “no plan — 100% from heart
  • obsessive
  • single-minded
  • never wastes a moment
  • learns through experimentation
  • driven by creative impulse”
This is how Chusy describes late bloomers and Andres Torres. Does this sound like your child? It certainly sounds like a description of mine.I gleaned more hope and peace about Luke’s future from this TEDx talk than from any other inspirational story about succeeding with ADHD. This story is raw and real and that makes it so relatable. I see so much of Luke in Andres — his emotion, his struggle, his heart.

I have had the pleasure of the opportunity to thank Chusy for making this film (regrettably, not in person). I hope to someday have the opportunity to thank Andres as well — for sharing his story, for not being ashamed, for never giving up — it’s truly a gift, just as he is.

If I am this moved by a short talk and trailer for the film, I can’t imagine how moving the film will be. I’m on the edge of my seat with anticipation.

 

{photo via Plan A films and official Gigante movie website}

COVER3D_400sq_bestsellAward-Winning Blogger. Freelance Writer. Author. Warrior Mom.
A self-described “veteran” parent of a son with ADHD, Penny Williams is the author of the Amazon best-seller about her parenthood in the trenches, Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD. She is also the creator of the award-winning website, {a mom’s view of ADHD}, a frequent contributor on parenting a child with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine and other parenting and special needs publications, and co-founder of the annual Happy Mama Conference & Retreat, a weekend away for moms of kids with neurobehavioral disorders. Look for her second book, What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting ADHD, in late 2014. Follow Penny at http://BoyWithoutInstructions.com.

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COVER3D_400sq_bestsellAward-Winning Blogger. Freelance Writer. Author. Warrior Mom. A self-described “veteran” parent of a son with ADHD, Penny Williams is the author of the Amazon best-seller about her parenthood in the trenches, Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD. She is also the creator of the award-winning website, {a mom's view of ADHD}, a frequent contributor on parenting a child with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine and other parenting and special needs publications, and co-founder of the annual Happy Mama Conference & Retreat, a weekend away for moms of kids with neurobehavioral disorders. Look for her second book, What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting ADHD, in late 2014. Follow Penny at http://BoyWithoutInstructions.com.

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