Brian R. King, MSW grew up
with undiagnosed ADHD and Dyslexia. Being mercilessly bullied by
peers and some teachers, he grew up believing he was worthless.
It wasn’t until high school that Brian discovered his sense of
humor and a small group of friends to see him through those years.
The ride was about to become far more complicated.
Brian’s graduation present from high school was Stage 3 testicular
He spent the summer in chemotherapy fighting for his life and his
sanity as he lived in virtual isolation trying to make sense of
what was happening.
After learning his cancer was in remission, Brian declared that he
would live a life of purpose.
A life where he wasn’t ruled
by anger, helplessness and bitterness.
But one of conscience,
compassion and social responsibility.
Brian got married, earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work and
became the father of three sons.
Sons who subsequently were
diagnosed with Asperger’s and ADHD.
Brian received his own
diagnoses of ADHD and Dyslexia not long after.
Brian realized he needed to become the father his sons required him
to be. So he committed to learning all he could to understand his
own challenges and the challenges of his sons. He knew he needed to
model the very skills his sons would need to succeed in this world.
He wanted to make sure they were prepared to live as fully as
One day, his wife, the mother of his children decided to leave. For
a time, Brian was a single father to three special needs
With the help of family, he
was able to relocate and help his sons move forward. He remarried
and started a new life.
In wasn’t long after that a series of unexplained symptoms began
cropping up that resulted in pain, fatigue, increased difficulty
walking and a host of other issues.
Brian finally received an answer with a diagnosis of Multiple
coming to terms with this reality, Brian remembered his commitment
to modeling for his sons what it means to live fully regardless of
Brian says frequently, “My boys are watching me live my life. I
don’t want them to see helplessness and hear excuses. I want them
to see positivity, resilience and resourcefulness.”
You’d be hard pressed to meet someone who can teach you so much
about what it means to be human, with a generous spirit, no matter
what life brings.
Brian has managed to write 5 books and give dozens of presentations
throughout the world on the topics of parenting and mindset.
You can connect with Brian at http://MindsetBeforeSkillset.com
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