i was adopted from foster care at 3 years old. At age 11 I was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Effect or Alcohol-Related Neuro-developmental Disorder (ARND). My parents, who adopted me, fought to get me through some very difficult times. I shake. I have trouble with speech. Learning is sometimes hard. I was always embarrassed about it. There were a lot of moments I've had to get through that I wasn't sure if I would. Here I am now as an adult. It does get easier. I promise. What will get you through is support from family, your school, doctors, therapists, and friends. Here is a place we can all learn from each other and get through those moments together. My name is Helen Simpson and our voices can heal.