Friday, October 10, 2008
On October 7th, I wrote about a young girl who had been failed by both the system and, in my opinion, her family. That same day, the following story of a mother, overwhelmed with the events of her life, took both the lives of her children and herself.
Suicide Haunts A Kentucky Family
This mother has also been failed by the system. One of her daughters was diagnosed with a rare disorder called cri du chat syndrome. Like many rare disorders, very little support is available at the local level - the level where parents are most likely to seek help.
There is a national support group, but again, what this mother needed, and what most of us raising children with disabilities need is local, available support. If you have support groups where you live, I urge you to attend and participate. If you don't have a support group, I urge you to contact a national organization and start one in your area.
We all need support - even those of us who think we don't feel overwhelmed.