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Archives: May 2008

posted: Friday May 30th - 9:43am

Meet Me

I have a child with ADHD. Her chaos is my chaos. Her distraction is my distraction.

Those are the facts. Now here are the feelings. I can sum up the last five years of my life in one word. You think I’m going to say LOVE, don’t you? WRONG! Of course, I love Natalie like crazy. But the overriding feeling, my constant state of being, is OVERWHELMED! Picture me: Shoving piles of garbage and toys out of the...
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posted: Thursday May 29th - 7:51am

Meet Natalie

We adopted our 7-year-old, Natalie, from a Russian orphanage 5 years ago. She had ADHD, was malnourished, neglected... and perfect.

My 7-year-old daughter, Natalie, has ADHD. My husband Don and I adopted her 5 years ago from an orphanage in Russia. Nat had a rough start in life, but she's a survivor — an amazingly resilient, strong, loveable little girl. She was born 6 weeks premature, and bounced from home to hospital and back again before landing in an orphanage. When we met her she was...
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