For some time now I have had this idea brewing in my head. It’s been percolating (I know, another coffee reference – I can’t help it) and I keep trying to ignore it or push it down, but it keeps popping back up. The reasons I have been ignoring this idea are three-fold,
1. I don’t really know how to go about implementing this ‘thing’.
2. Somebody else can do it (lazy, huh?)
3. I don’t feel qualified.
Okay, so now you’re curious, right (if not, just nod your head anyway). It all has to do with the men in my life, primarily my husband and my son.
They both have ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder. For those of you who do not have someone in your life dealing with ADD/ADHD, it is difficult to explain how this affects a family.
Don’t get me wrong. It is not all negative. ADDers (as they are called) are often compassionate, creative, fun, resilient and more.
It’s the down-side, however that can be a challenge to live with at times (it’s okay, I have my husband’s permission to be writing about this). Some of the down-sides of having ADD are inattention, impulsivity, sleep disorders, learning disabilities and more.
As you can imagine, these things affect not only the ADDer, but the whole family. This brings me to this idea that I mentioned. I have encountered, over the past few years, countless women (sorry guys, I’m a girl, so that’s who I’m dealing with here), who are the spouse or parent of these wonderful people. It isn’t something that just pops up in your first conversation, but as I have become closer with women, and observed their family dynamics, it is clear that there is a need for mutual support.
So, I have spoken with a couple of dear friends who have agreed with me. Let’s do this thing. We are starting up a support group for women. We are expanding this to include, Aspergers, autism, bi-polar, or any other challenges that you may feel qualify you in need of this support. So often these conditions are co-morbid (meaning, they are simultaneous) with an ADD/ADHD prognosis.
My friends and I are not doctors, therapists, psychologists or any other ‘ists’. We are caring Christian women who want to offer encouragement and support to others, and receive the same, over a cup of coffee (of course!)
If you live in Orange County and this sounds like the kind of group you could use, email me email@example.com and I will give you the info about where and when we are meeting. For those of you who don’t live in Southern California, but still feel you need support and encouragement, send me your email address and, as we share resources and links, I can forward them to you.
I am excited about this new venture and can’t wait to see how God will use us to uplift one another!
“So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it. “
I Thessalonians 5:11 (The Message)