Many at times parents or carers of persons with FASD are hesitant to invite extended family members or friends into their home for fear they will be judged by the visitor. Below is a blog post by an FASD parent preparing herself for an upcoming visit.
We have a family member from across the ocean flying in for a visit. Like a deer in headlights, I look around our house, survey our lives, and decide there is no way to sweep all this under the carpet. There is nothing I can do to ‘fix’ this. The life I once knew, the life I grew to expect – that is not the life I lead. We are not only 3,000 miles away from the world this family member knows. We might as well be a million miles away. A different galaxy. His wife, whom I love dearly, recently was recognized as a ‘Mother of the Year.’ So well-deserved was that award that I feel ridiculous even feeling self-conscious – I would never claim to be in that league. I am pretty sure there is not an FASD parent or carer out there who feels qualified…
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