Audrey Robinson Jones left Kansas to attend Wellesley College, graduating in 1972 with her degree in anthropology/sociology, planning to be a social worker. Instead, she worked in healthcare administration for almost 30 years with her husband, including running his multi-office pediatric practice for 24 years. She also earned master’s degrees in healthcare administration and business.

She became managing partner of an airport concessions company and purchased two business franchises with her sons.  At the same time, she and her husband built a loving home with three sons. As life unfolded, her sons and husband were diagnosed with ADHD. Managing businesses and four ADHD males took its toll on her health.

In 2008, Audrey was stricken with an almost fatal autoimmune disease. Recovering and retired, Audrey remains a vital force, including participating with Larry in several international health missions trips.  At home, she continues to lead a local food pantry, something she’s done for over fifteen years, in addition to family advocacy activities.

 

Larry Albert Jones, MD, grew up in the 1950s with an overprotective mother and grandmother in a poor section of Memphis, Tenn. His childhood was greatly impacted by the village of educators and church folks who recognized his intellect. That village launched Larry to Wesleyan University, Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Unfortunately, he lost his mother to cancer before his 20th birthday, but his path was set. He began to notice how much time he required to maintain his college GPA as he prepared for medical school. Keeping his eye on the prize, he persevered, never considering that he would later be diagnosed with ADHD.

For at least 20 years of his career as a pediatrician and parent, he did not link his children’s symptoms and signs of ADHD to himself. While being an effective and popular clinician, he lived in denial about his own diagnosis.

Larry is currently a departmental medical director for the SSM Healthcare System. With treatment and counseling, Larry is pursuing community projects, including facilitating a STEM program with elementary school students in Ferguson, MO.

 

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  1. Falling Through the Ceiling, Our ADHD Family Memoir by Audrey R. Jones and Larry A. Jones, MD

    Married over 45 years, Audrey and Larry Jones are fun-loving mates, parents and grandparents who enjoy traveling and each other’s company. Audrey and Larry had a whirlwind spring romance as college students in 1970. They married and had three sons, one right after the other. As expensive, dangerous behaviors continued to be repeated, they sought help from teachers and therapists regarding their children. During their adolescence, each was diagnosed with ADHD in the early 1990s, just as ADHD was becoming a recognized clinical condition. For at least 20 years of his career as a pediatrician and a parent, Dr. Larry did not link his children’s symptoms and signs of ADHD to himself. In 2008, Audrey was stricken with an almost fatal autoimmune disease. Managing multiple businesses and four ADHD males took its toll on her health and led to a long-term and permanent illness. The gift of recovery included an opportunity to seriously reflect on their sons’ actions, starts and misfires as young adults pursuing college educations and meaningful employment. Rather than writing about the road to recovery, Audrey and Larry chose to tell their story, intending to help other African American families acknowledge and address behaviors that can adversely affect couples and families.

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