Parenting and illness

There is a sad story circulating the news outlets that has mothers {including myself} outraged.  A judge in North Carolina has taken primary custody of a mother's young children away, mostly because she is battling stage 4 breast cancer. {A summary of the story and other posts on the web can be found here.} While I do not pretend to have all the facts of this case nor am I privy to the thought process of the judge involved, the premise is frightening. I live with chronic illness.  MS, Lupus, a blood clotting disorder, etc. impact my health every day. Does illness also impact my parenting? Absolutely. Does illness render me incapable of adequately parenting my children? Absolutely not. The thought of what this woman is enduring, on top of fighting for her life for the past four years, … [Read more...]

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