Robert is my (Dr. Ren's) husband; as of March 2017 we'd been married ten years. Without him, this company would not have started (since I would have failed medical school/residency without his unconditional support). In regards to the business, he assists with mobility and fall risk assessments, and works with John Lea to build wheelchair ramps, improve home safety, and make other household adjustments as needed (e.g. installing ramps and lifts). Like most people with ADHD, he is skilled in a huge range of useful abilities. He is an excellent writer and proofreader; an actor; a costume designer; an artist; and PRO-level husband and father. His diagnosis gives him unique insight into the personal struggles of ADHD - particularly when diagnosed in adulthood - and he now assists with ADHD-related couple's counseling and general life-coaching for our clients.
"... we'll need support. Signal the Husband."
-Mom's Sadness, Inside Out.
Robert has a wide range of skills he brings to RSHC. Knowledge of construction and modifying locations for accessibility, a history with Licensed Massage Therapy, and a general background of growing up with family in the medical profession. Many of our innovative ideas come from his inspiration and we're happy to have him place his capabilities at our disposal.
That was my original blurb, anyway. It's hard to write about your professional career when you don't have a list of credentialed accomplishments littering your past. Me? I'm a textbook ADHD adult. Like many, I enjoyed school until about 5th grade or so when my marks started slipping. I always enjoyed P.E., art class, choir, theater, recess, orchestra and pep band, and lunch. My study periods were spent trying to catch up on sleep which I had short changed myself the night before trying to scrape together a last minute assignment (and usually leaving even that unfinished). I managed to escape summer school thanks to being smarter then the average bear, and managed to escape high school due to the care and understanding of many teachers, the last of which being my 12th grade English teacher.
"College" wasn't much better; a few years of community college and all I excelled at was my karate classes. Big ol' educational belly flop. Did I mention I got 98th percentile in the Science Reasoning section of the SAT as an 8th grader? So, smart ... unable to apply, go figure.
I worked miserable job after miserable job before finally marrying a med-student (what was I thinking? ... oh yeah, I love my wife) who, after many years enduring my unidentified maladaptive coping mechanisms, was finally the one who struck gold and recognized my adult ADHD symptoms. The rest is history ... like, literally since it's in the past.
The road since then has not always been easy but it's been easier to understand the why's and wherefore's which has honestly been the thing that saved our marriage where so many others have failed dealing with the same issues.
Now I provide the first person perspective of living with ADHD into adulthood, while still managing to raise two reasonably well adapted children on the side. It hasn't always been easy, but we've learned to tap into the creative side of ADHD and have fun with it (for example, we enjoy going "all out" for our kids' birthdays. Here we are at our son's dinosaur birthday):
Personally, I consider myself a generally creative person. I have a side business called "Aetheric Concepts" where our family sells custom chainmail and steampunk work. My wife dabbles with chainmail too, and we're attempting to sell our work at some craft fairs and conventions this year, which will be a first for us. Here's a few pieces we've completed recently:
And if all else fails, I've been told I'm a fairly decent Wolverine impersonator...
Please see our contact page. Inquires regarding Aetheric Concepts and jewelry/steampunk commissions can be found at the above link.