In Episode #48 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, I invite you to meet Sandra Coral. Sandra is a 41 yr old black woman who was adopted at 3 by a poor, white family in Canada and was diagnosed with ADHD last year. She joins us from London, where she lives with her husband and 5-year old son. Sandra was a K-12 teacher for over 15 years. She has an MA in Educational Psychology as well as post-graduate certificates in English As An Additional Language, Gifted Education and Special Education. She has taught internationally including in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, Oman and Turkey.
Sandra will share her fascinating story, including:
- her childhood where she and her little brother were the only people of color
- how she was bullied and traumatized and because of this suffered from emotional dysregulation and anger
- how her 7 year old brother was diagnosed with ADHD, but she remained undiagnosed until last year
- how up until recently Sandra thought her issues were solely related to her race
Sandra and I will also talk about:
- how she finally discovered that she had ADHD
- what childhood symptoms Sandra now recognizes as ADHD
- what additional issues come up for those with ADHD when you’re black and how one even starts to unravel this and figure out what is related to adoption, race, trauma, or ADHD
- The importance of focusing on our strengths when we have ADHD
Since being diagnosed, Sandra has decided to make it her mission to give children, teens, parents and adults the support that she didn’t have growing up, so that they can manage their ADHD and thrive in life.
If you’d like to connect with Sandra, you can reach her here:
Facebook: The ADHD Good Life
Host Tracy Otsuka is a lawyer, not a doctor, a life-long student, not a coach. She’s also the creator of Coretography a patent pending system that helps smart, driven women understand their own unique ADHD brain and use it to their advantage.
Tracy will be talking about ADHD. Your super powers, your symptoms, your solutions and work-arounds and how you proudly stand out. Tracy credits ADHD for some of her superpowers and much of her success in life.