One year ago I officially launched ADHD Kids Rock! WOW… I can hardly believe how much has happened over the past 12 months.
On November 11, 2014 I had my website ready to go and I put up my Facebook page for ADHD Kids Rock. Wanna know the truth? I didn’t want to have a Facebook page because, being 14 , I didn’t use Facebook. (That’s sure changed this year!) But I trusted my mom who said it would be a good idea. Within 3 hours, I had 100 likes. In 24 hours, I had 300 likes. And in one year together WE have built an amazing community of over 8,400 people!! With so many people connecting over the Facebook page every day, it’s a real force!
A few days later, I went to the #CHADD2014 Conference in Chicago to officially launch the web site. It was huge and I got to meet very cool people that really care about kids with ADHD like Chris Denty, Jeff Cooper, Elaine Taylor-Klaus, Elaine , Eric Tivers, and of course my ADHD mentor, Ryan McRae. (And many others! If I forgot to mention you, sorry!) By the time I got home I had ONE THOUSAND likes on my FB page. (Are moms always right?)
This summer I was invited back to Portland to report on my project and went on stage in front of 2,500 people at the World Domination Summit put on by Chris Guillebeau. I thanked them for caring about kids with ADHD by helping me create this community.
Next milestone along the way was a very successful Kickstarter campaign with 136 people donating over $14,000. THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone for supporting this project. I’m working every single day to finish the flashcards and all the Kickstarter Rewards. (Almost done!)
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And WAIT.. there’s more..
- I finished 13 school credits (all of Grade 10 and most of Grade 11).
- ADHD Kids Rock is getting lots of media attention. It started with a local story in the Langley Times about my project.
- And then in July I was interviewed by National Media (in English) on the CBC Radio morning show.
- Get this…..just last month I won an International Patient Advocacy Award from Shire for having one of the best projects in the world in 2014 that helps kids with ADHD!!!
- AND… I grew 6 inches. Yah!!
Best of all, I have kinda taken back my childhood. I’m no longer feeling the old pain of school because even though I still have ADHD and derp pretty much every day, I’m fine!
I want all the younger kids — especially if you are around 10 or 11 — to know that it gets better.
This year has proven that SO many people care about Kids with ADHD. It shows me how important it is to ask for help if you are struggling. You are not alone, you are not stupid.
You are important, you are awesome and who cares if people don’t like your ADHD??? Just be yourself.
Thanks for a great year, here’s to many more!
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