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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tonight's episode of Parenthood

The Asperger's storyline is breaking...my...heart. It hits too close to home. "Will I always have it?" Max asked his parents while they were telling him he had Asperger's. They did awesome, by the way. I don't remember telling the boys they had Cystic Fibrosis. I don't remember it being one specific conversation. I do remember that question. "Will I always have CF?" I wanted so badly to be able to say, "No" but instead said, "Unless they find a cure for it, yes." I remember making sure Nico was okay with that answer. He was seven and he wasn't. He looked at me with his big blue eyes filled with tears and said, "I don't want it when I go to junior high." After I assured him that they were working really hard on a cure and that they had to be close, I went upstairs and cried. I cried because I didn't know if I handled it right. I cried because I hoped I sounded matter of fact in talking about it and not sad but mostly I cried because I didn't want them to have CF. Even though he is going to be 13, he still asks me once in awhile, "Mom, will I have CF when I go to high school?" or "For sure I won't have it when I go to college, right?"

I love this show so much but after watching it and bawling, I think I know why I am obsessed with the Real Housewives series...NOTHING hits close to home in those.

4 Comments:

At March 2, 2011 at 6:30 AM , Blogger Declare Order said...

Powerful in it's simplicity. Great post, AnnMarie.

 
At March 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Thanks, Leslie.

 
At March 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM , Blogger Maria said...

I really do believe they will find a reasonable cure soon. Maybe not by the time he goes to college, but by the time he graduates. Definitely by the time he is ready to get married. Life is funny this way. We never get things we want at the time we want them. But we eventually get them right when we don't even expect them anymore.

 
At March 9, 2011 at 8:06 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

This is so true, Maria. I have a bunch of examples of this very thought. The post about Gia held this same thought, too. I love the optimism you have about finding a cure. I pray all the time for it and even if there isn't a cure, I pray for meds that are less interfering in their lives and that will allow them to live a long and healthy life.

 

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