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  •  As a parent I have had some harrowing (5+ / 0-)

    moments when I thought I might lose one or the other of my daughters. But we have been lucky--those were (so far) one-offs, temporary problems that appear at least to have been resolved. Those were bad enough. I can only imagine the physical and emotional wear and tear from dealing with a severe, life-threatening illness. The responses above from other parents who've had experiences much more similar to yours emphasize the different impact when it's far more prolonged than an immediate crisis, or crises. No wonder the consequences reverberate for a long time.
    To be a little crude for the moment--I realized when I had my first daughter that life really had me by the short hairs in a way it never had before. Most parents, I think, would gladly take on the serious illnesses of their children if it would spare the young ones. It doesn't work that way, obviously, and so we become permanent hostages to fortune.
    I'm glad that you've come so far, so well, and that you and your wife and children are resilient and inspiring for each other. May it always be so.

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    by peregrine kate on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 06:32:31 PM PDT

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