Gramma’s Garden Party

September 19, 2011

Hi, my name is Pam Glidden.  I’ve been married for 42+ years to my high school sweetheart and we have 4 grown children (2 boys & 2 girls).  We also have 4 grandchildren (2 boys & 2 girls).

My journey with ADHD began in 1991.  Well it actually began several years before that but I was not aware of it!  Our youngest son struggled in school from the time he began in Kindergarten.  He loved school but it seemed that the harder he tried,
the worse he did.  We asked for him to be evaluated in second grade and discovered that he had learning disabilities in 5 different areas. The school offered to make accommodations in those areas and I thought this would be the end of his

I was so wrong!  Over the next few years, we went through many discoveries and hardships.  I was ridiculed in meetings with school staff, and my son was told that his mother was only making excuses for his laziness.  It reached the point where he no longer wanted to go to school and would look for reasons to not go.

At the end of his 7th grade year, his school counselor pulled me aside to tell me that if Nick were his son, he would have him evaluated for ADHD.  I’d never even heard of it!  But the counselor gave me a handful of brochures that explained it and off I went.  After reading the brochures, I phoned our pediatrician to see if we could get a referral to a doctor who specialized in evaluating and treating ADHD.  Imagine my surprise to discover that our regular pediatrician specialized in this area!!

That was the true beginning of our son receiving the help he needed.  School became somewhat easier and more pleasant.  We hired an educational advocate, who helped us get an appropriate educational plan in place for our son.  I began taking workshops about ADHD & special education laws to become more educated regarding his rights and how the ADHD would impact his life.

In the process, I realized that his older sister also had ADHD; and finally that I did too.  We both had evaluations and sure enough it was confirmed!  Eventually my husband was also evaluated and diagnosed with ADHD.  Our two oldest children have never been evaluated but I’m 99.9% sure that they also have it.

The year our youngest son graduated from High School (4 months early); I became the leader of our local CHADD group.  CHADD stands for Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  My goal was to educate other parents so that they & their children would not have to suffer as my own family had.  I wanted them to know that a diagnosis of ADHD was not necessarily a terrible thing and that their children could have hope of having a fairly normal life.

At that point I had no thoughts of ever having my own weekly radio show about ADHD.  If someone had suggested it to me, I would have laughed and dismissed it as an impossible idea.

I’ve now been doing my Gramma’s Garden Blog Talk Radio Show for two and a half years.  I have no regrets and absolutely love doing the show.  It gives me an opportunity to reach out much further than I’d ever dreamed possible to offer encouragement, information and love.  I will forever be in FlyLady’s debt for giving me this opportunity!

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