An Eventful Week
An eventful week! And it’s not over.
On Tuesday I went to Queens Park, the seat of government for the province of Ontario, where I had lunch with the Speaker, the Hon. Dave Levac. Mark Tishman, from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care joined us as well. A very moving conversation.
For me, it renewed the hope that we can keep doing what we are doing at TotallyADD.com. Because at the moment our future is by no means guaranteed. Many ADHD organizations are struggling. Some have had to close down. This week we were sad to hear that ADD Resources in Seattle is no more.
In a way it is good that we had to create TotallyADD as a privately run company (read: no pharma money) but it’s been a tough go. We’re still here, but this year will be decisive.
Tomorrow, I’m meeting with a representative from a group of retired teachers about giving a talk on ADHD for their annual conference. When I mentioned how much I would love to have our videos available in French and Spanish, she informed me that she is bilingual, and can think of a number of French and Spanish teachers that might be able to get involved. Voila!
For the first time since ‘ADD & Loving It?’ premiered, and TotallyADD.com went live, I’m actively looking for help from others, in any form, so we can continue what we are doing, and expand further.
It’s a bit scary. I’m not used to ‘depending upon the kindness of strangers,’ as Blanche Dubois would say.
I have to get over the idea that asking for guidance and assistance is an imposition, and realize that there are people eager to contribute.
As well, it’s so easy for me to lose sight of the impact we’re having. Maybe part of that is the nature of the internet. It’s not like a live event where you can see the crowd of people. Or the lack of a crowd. (Ha! Those early days doing comedy. Sigh.)
But on Tuesday, I arrived at the Ontario Legislature early so I could sit in and watch Question Period. The House filled up with the members of parliament. I was up in a special gallery for Guests of the Speaker. The Hon. Dave Levac introduced me, and what I’d done, as I stood and grinned awkwardly. Everyone in the House then rose to give me a standing ovation! Stunning. It felt like a Frank Capra movie. That had been colorized. It only hit me on the train home that afternoon, what it all meant.
The word that came to mind is ‘inspiring.’ Inspire means to ‘breathe life into.’ Which is about how it felt. I was inspired, and it breathed new life into me.
There is good news. We who live with, or love someone with ADHD are not alone. Things are changing. More and more people are ‘getting it’, starting to understand how challenging and destructive this disorder can be, and how much can change with a holistic approach.
So take heart. Keep moving forward. And I promise we will do the same.