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John Nepomuceno: Finding hope amid adversity

John Nepomuceno: Finding hope amid adversity

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By JULIA MARI T. ORNEDO JOHN NEPOMUCENO sits with his hands clasped, eyes fixated on the table. He is struggling to follow his train of thought. His heartened discussion on special needs individuals was disrupted by the stream of cars rushing through Dapitan just across his seat in the café. “Na-distract ako sa mga kotse,” he chuckles. “That’s why I don’t study here anymore.” Growing up, John noticed that he was different from most kids: he was always a little too energetic, a little too playful, a little too easily distracted. His mother noticed it, too, but it was only upon her friends’ encouragement that she finally decided to get her son checked. At the age of five, John was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Today, at 21 years old, John advoca...