This I Believe

Patricia - San Antonio, Texas
Entered on March 5, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
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“This I Believe”

I believe my struggle with ADHD throughout my life has helped me realize what I actually do believe in. In elementary school and middle school I went to the nurse’s office everyday to take my meds and everyday my classmates would make fun of me because I had to take medicine for an incurable condition. This hurt me a lot and made me think I was less of a person then everyone else and destroyed the image I had of myself. I thought I was a failure in life because, according to other people, I didn’t quite measure up. I felt like I always had trouble fitting in because I had to take medicine. But, this situation helped me grow closer to the ones I love and find out who my true family and friends were. Through this struggle I had a lot of support from both my family and my close-knit group of friends. Their care and support of me helped lead me to the belief that families are not just biological. Most of the time your “family” is considered your “biological” family but in my case my “family” is a larger support group and ultimately my foundation. They are the people I turn to when I need help and they are the first ones I tell good news to. In my struggle with ADHD I learned that my family is much bigger than just my mom, dad, and brother. My “family” is my best friend, my youth minister, her assistant, a few other really close friends, and Jesus. It is these people and my biological family that was there for me in my times of need and comfort and they were the first to celebrate good news with me. I would never have gotten through middle school and high school without these people and I would definitely not be the person I am today if they were not in my life.