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  •  jlms (15+ / 0-)

    my warmest wishes to you and your precious son.  What a gift they are, although exhausting.  

    You are my brother, my sister.

    by RoCali on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 02:52:35 PM PST

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    •  This was hard to read (4+ / 0-)

      because it was so familiar. In many places, kids with state insurance have more access to resources than those with private insurance.

      My son has fetal alcohol syndrome and some combination of mood and psychotic disorder, as well as drug abuse. He is 28 and living on his own with assistance. When he was in his early teens, I realized that the only emotions I felt towards him were fear and anger. There were no mental health facilities for temporary removal from the home. His therapist told me to call the police whenever he got violent, and after a while the police told me that if I didn't stop calling them they would call child protective services. I had to get myself to the place where I could feel like a mother again, and not just a victim.

      Thanks for your courage in sharing this story. You are lucky in one way - there are no longer the long term hospitals that there were 30 years ago and we know they are needed.

      Republicans want to make government small enough to fit in your vagina..

      by ramara on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 09:49:43 PM PST

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