Hello, and welcome!
My name is Annette, and I reside with my family in Colorful Colorado. I have ADHD – Combined Type (I was not diagnosed until about age 40). In addition to this, I deal with several chronic health issues daily. I have learned various ways to manage, and creatively keep my head above water, most of the time over the years. I am married to my best friend for almost 23 years now. We have three delightful children, here on earth, whom we have educated at home (2 have graduated from our homeschool and are now young adults, and 1 is high school aged and we are still educating him at home), and two more are already in heaven. I am also the main caregiver for my mother, who also lives her life at home with us.
I hope to convey many of our day-to-day ups and downs, as a highly Neurodiverse family, along with many of the resources I have discovered throughout this journey of ours! As you will eventually see, my WHOLE FAMILY is Neurodiverse (What is Neurodiversity?)! We range from ADHD and the Autism Spectrum, to a variety of Mental health issues. We also deal with some unique, and not so unique, physical health challenges. Many of the resources I will share are free, and some are not. I am very picky about sharing resources, and I will not share something that I am not willing to use myself, or I have used them at some time in our lives. Some may be specific to the US, or even just for Colorado Residents. This will all have to build up over time, and I will hopefully expand this into a good-sized resource library for you to use!
I will also share many tips and tricks I have learned, over the years, that have worked for me in my many vocations (roles) in life. Things like ideas to help keep track of what you are doing in your home/life and/or homeschool. Ideas for your health, where to go for help when you need it most (financial and other support), more frugal ways to get everyday items that you need, gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes (we all have Celiac Sprue, at our house, plus a few of us have other food allergies), advocating for yourself and your family, stuff I have learned more recently (that I wish I had known years earlier), gadgets, websites, apps (I am pretty geeky, and proud of it) that can help you navigate your everyday life, etc., etc., etc. 😉
My intention, in having this website, is to aid those who are Neurodiverse (or have loved ones who are) to live more comfortable and fulfilling lives. Kind of a way to “pay it forward”, I suppose, for the many who have helped to guide me over the years. Also, I desire to provoke more understanding, and empathy, from those who are not Neurodiverse, so that they can, at the very least, be more sensitive to those of us who are (we really do try hard to do things “right”)!
Do you have a particular subject that you would like me to see if I have a help or resource for? Then leave me a comment on one of my blog posts, or like my Facebook page and leave me a comment there! I will do my best to help you in any way that I can, or find someone who can.
Throughout my blog posts, you will probably notice that I have a tendency to be someone who sees the glass as “half-full” – or in my case, it would be a COFFEE cup (many times to my family’s chagrin, but I really do believe that they will come around to seeing things my way, someday..! Ha ha!). This is not to make light of the many difficulties and challenges faced, but I learned a long time ago (at around 16 to 17 years old, I am in my mid-50s now!) that I am MUCH happier when I can laugh at myself, and find some humor in the many things that life throws our way! I also know that it affects all those that I come into contact with, usually in a positive way. 🙂
Enjoy your stay, and I hope you find something of value for your own journey!
Is there anything you want to see me talk about from our life? Do you need to find any particular resources? Anything else you want to ask? Please feel free to contact me on the form below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ~ Thanks!