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Posted on: Wed, 04/20/2005 - 10:41am
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Over and over again throughout these threads I read people referring to thier children and or loved ones with allergies as being disabilities and or special needs children. Do any of you actually feel this way ? My daughter is 9 yr and was diagnosed at 18 mos. and those thoughts are the furthest thing from mind. And I think that if I were to ever refer to her as such she would be insulted. For the past 7 1/2 years I have been doing everything in my power to help her feel as much alike other childern as possible. Do you not think people with these life threating allergies have enough to worry about than to be labelled or referred to as disabled. I know plenty of parents with truly disabled children. Missing limbs, downs syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome and so on.... Put yourselves in their shoes for a minute. Most of those children will never lead a normal productive life, with no control to change how their present or future will be. At least our children will have a chance at a normal productive life, if we are alert and careful parents, watching out for thier every move. After all that is our sole job and no matter how angry it makes us that manufacturers don't care as much as they should, it is our job and nobody else's responsibility. If we teach them all they need to know about this we will all some day see them graduate college, marry, have children and be a productive citizen of the world. So if I had a choice of my child never being able to do these things (being truly diabled) or having a life threating allergy that was controlled by hard work, and avoidance then geuss wich one I'd pick. I really don't consider this allergy a disability or that my child has special needs, I just consider it a never ending series of speed bumps in life that if driven over carefully you'll be just fine.

Amber 9 yr
TNA/PA

[This message has been edited by katam's mum (edited April 20, 2005).]

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