Hello, my name is Hilary Floreal. I was born and raised in Kenora, Ontario Canada but have been a permanent resident of the United states for 23 years! Like many women, I was diagnosed with ADHD much later in life, I was 42 years old to be exact!
I married my amazing husband Henry in 1998 and am the mother of four beautiful children, three of which also have ADHD. We have lived in Arizona, Winnipeg Manitoba, Seattle Washington and have laid our roots in Minneapolis Minnesota, never a dull moment with the Floreal's!
My journey began at the University of Manitoba where I completed my Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation Studies Degree. I then attended the Massage College of Manitoba and completed a one year Massage Therapy Certification with the intentions of combining my degree with massage and working with athletes, but deep down, I knew something was missing that I could not ignore.
I am from a family of educators and I have seen the powerful impact that teaching and coaching can have on students and their families and knew I was ignoring my calling to follow in the footsteps of the most amazing teacher, my Dad. I attended LakeHead University and completed a one year add on program to complete my Bachelor of Education and became a teacher!
I have been blessed and have had the privilege of working full time, part time and for many years I have been a full time stay at home Mom, the hardest job of all. When our oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD I was oblivious to the condition and the tremendous impact that ADHD would have on our family. I was also not prepared but not surprised to learn that I too had ADHD that was undiagnosed and unmanaged my entire life.
Our family struggled with the symptoms of undiagnosed and mismanaged ADHD. The emotional environment of our home was explosive and at times destructive. We later learned that our oldest daughter also has ADHD that was not properly diagnosed until she went to college. Like all parents, I was desperate for help, but the help and advice I got from doctors, teachers and therapists didn’t work, we were on our own.
When my youngest was diagnosed in 2nd grade I knew so much more and knew there had to be a better way, that is when I found ADDCA, an ADHD Coach Training program (ADD Coach Academy). ADDCA provides educational classes for those wanting to learn about ADHD but they also have a program that provides an in-depth rigorous certification program to become an ADHD Life Coach, I knew I had found my calling.
There is another way, there is hope, there is love and laughter and with a shift in energy and a different perspective, ADHD can be reframed to be a strength, trust me:)