The other day, I was told about a link my friends found about a guest who would be appearing on the Dr. Phil Show. Apparently, there is a woman in my back yard (not technically, but she lives in my province) that approached one of our television stations when she read an editorial that made her angry. I realize I do this. I’m so passionate about advocacy and special needs, perhaps you’ve noticed that around here.
This woman- Annette Corriveau- was outraged over a bill that wasn’t approved (nor had it ever been approved) Annette has two children and at around age 4, she noticed something wasn’t right. Months of testing and appointments, they received a diagnosis of Sanfilippo syndrome, a rare chromosomal defect in which there is no cure. Her children now live in a home and are fed by g-tube. She would like to have the option to euthanize her children. Robert Latimer was her inspiration. He’s now spending time behind bars for killing his own daughter, who had cerebral palsy.
This whole situation makes my head spin. She claims if her children knew their living conditions, they wouldn’t want to live anymore. How does she know? Mothers intuition only goes so deep. Her children cannot speak for themselves, so in my eyes it makes it seem like they’re a burden to her now, that they’re not the perfect children she had always dreamed about.
I posted about this on my facebook status. And since I like to beat dead horses, I threw in the ‘my kid is a cripple‘ card. Obviously, I don’t expect all of my friends to read everything I write. I was asked if I actually use the word cripple, and I don’t. Unless I’m talking about me during an RA flare. After I explained, I had a few good (aka supportive) comments, and although I don’t normally take criticism well, I always entertain the thoughts of other people. I was left shaking my head when someone told me that I shouldn’t ‘go off’ and that I’m passionate.
Honestly? I love that I’m passionate. I also do realize that sometimes I come across as harsh or abrasive when it comes to things like this, but I really don’t mean it. I just get really heated about some things! And apparently this situation is one of those things.
To end this post on a happy note, a friend of mine posted an advertisement yesterday about a stroller. I was really confused why she was posting a stroller ad! Apparently some of her friends were confused too.
I opened the ad to make it bigger and still didn’t see a big deal. $19 whole dollar savings?! I read her following comment though about liking the model. I looked again and noticed the child had Down Syndrome. Funny, I didn’t see a big difference to begin with. I am happy though that there are companies using all types of children!