I founded The ADDvocates back in 2010 as a labour of love to diminish the stigma of ADHD. Back in 2006, my son, who is now 15, was diagnosed with ADHD and through trial and error with ADHD drugs (through the advice of a paediatrician), was suicidal at the age of 7 due to the medication. As a nutritionist, I knew there had to be a better way of dealing with this multi-faceted disorder, but found, at the same time, that those who were fortunate enough to acquire ADHD at birth, possessed a true gift that would give on so many levels. My job is to teach these people that having ADHD is a gift and does not have to be masked with medication. Through diligent research and constant one on one coaching with children, teens and adults, I feel it is my duty to educate those who live with ADHD every day and remind them how amazing they truly are.
I wrote a book this year titled ADHD is Not a Four Letter Word: Drug Free Strategies for Managing the Gift that is ADHD with the hopes of spreading my message about this long misunderstood condition by dispelling the myths that have come to define ADHD. My message is to offer an abundance of drug-free strategies through which a child’s true creativity and character can shine and to inform parents to educate before they medicate.