The "R" word. Well, that's progress. At least we are calling it the "R" word, suggesting the entire word should not be spoken aloud. Retard. Retarded. As in, "I'm so retarded." "What a retard." Bantered about without much forethought--by most. It hurts those of us who have children who are, in fact, mentally retarded.
Our son had been born with a cleft lip. I didn't know what to think. All kinds of thoughts flooded my mind, full of fear, worry, concern, and tons of questions, but all I could do at that moment was hope and pray that our son would be okay and, of course, cry.
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability -- to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to try to image how it would feel. It's like this...
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