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One of the things that has  struck me as I spoke about my son's illness was how many people would suddenly open up in return and tell about how they were caring for an ill parent, or had lost someone close to a disease some time back, or were themselves survivors of a serious disease or accident. But it had never come out before, they were bearing their burden (when current) hidden.

The fact that they seemed happy to talk about it finally has encouraged me to continue talking about my son frankly and openly. The fact that it's "not done" (i.e. it seems to be discouraged by society) is counterbalanced by the obvious benefits around me of doing it. Strange.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 23rd, 2007 at 01:48:33 AM EST
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