Claire & Michael
I just finished watching your segment on CBS Good Morning. Thank you. I am a single mom of a beautiful little boy named Michael. I adopted Michael at the age of 15 months from Guatemala. Michael is now 11 years old, and over the past several years diagnosed with profound ADHD, separation anxiety,and expressive/speech language disorder. Michael was diagnosed with a mood disorder the past year, in addition to his other mental, emotional , physical and cognitive challenges. Michael and I have been so fortunate and blessed to have had great resources on our side. I have pushed and fought from day one on Michael’s behalf. We have been through it all, criticism, judgements, and bullying. I have been pushed, hit , and bricks thrown at me. I have had to lock myself in the car to protect myself. I have had shoes thrown at me from the back seat of the car while driving on the interstate at 60 mph. I have struggled with not taking his behavior personally. This is only the tip of our iceberg. Michael and I have been in therapy together, and separately since he was 5 years old. Michael is also under the care of a child and adolescent psychiatrist. I believe we are finally on the right medication trial after numerous medication trials and disappointments. Thank you for your courage and commitment to others. The words pale in comparison to the intensity of my gratitude.