Hello! My name is Kristin and I am 23 years old. I am so happy to be able to share my story with you in the hopes that I can encourage someone.
Since I was 16 years old, I struggled in school and with making friends. I tried joining sports teams to try to socialize with others, but I still had a hard time. I just assumed that I was a strange kid with no one wanting to be friends with me which I just learned to accept. I finally graduated high school after 5 years. I didn't graduate with my friends. I didn't have the best grades. I just passed most of my classes but I had actually graduated.
It wasn't until that summer before college and my first semester of college that everything had changed. A few weeks before I left to go to college I was raped by someone that I had gone on a date with for the first time. I was so broken and depressed and it followed me to college.
Towards the end of my first semester one of my teachers asked me if I had ever been diagnosed with a learning disability which of course I had said no. After all the testing and questions that I went through I ended up being diagnosed with learning disabilities, ADHD, depression and anxiety. Lets just say that getting diagnosed with that at the age of 19 I was full of different types of emotion. On one hand, I was extremely happy. And how could I not. This explained why I struggled in school and had problems making friends. But on the other hand, I was upset. How could my high school not care enough about a student and just assume that I was stupid? I had to learn how to cope with my disabilities while completing college. It was not easy.
I still have not overcome my disabilities but I am learning every day. And, I do not let it define who I am. I am in a relationship where my boyfriend loves me infinitely and 5 months pregnant with our first child. My chance of post postpartum depression increases due to the fact that I have a history of depression, but the support I have in my life is incredible.
It will be a lifetime struggle, but I am ready.