Evelyn's Open Road
EVELYN POLK GREEN
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
Grab a hold of what you can make a difference with and what you can change, and the rest you can just let go.
- Throughout elementary school and high school, she was an honor roll student.
- She received a full-ride scholarship to Duke University, but when she got there, she started struggling.
- She couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t focus and she didn’t know where to turn for help; ended up dropping out of college.
- Looking back, she recognizes her struggles were a result of her ADHD, but at the time, she only knew that she didn’t function the way other students functioned.
- Years later, her sons were diagnosed with ADHD, and she realized that she had it, too.
- Says that their diagnoses were a relief, more than anything; now that she’d identified the problem, she could figure out where to turn for help.
- She went back to school and completed not only her undergraduate education, but also two master’s degrees.
- Says her happiness and confidence comes from understanding that ADHD has as much to do with her successes as it does with her struggles.