Tuesdays With Tyler: Child of Disabled Parents

Of all of the guilt and worry disabled or chronically ill parents have over whether or not their children will turn out alright or hate them for life, from what I have read and heard from other parents, it seems their kids turn out just fine and in fact can turn out to be more compassionate and empathetic than a child with “normal” parents.

I see that already in Tyler, even at his young age.  At just a little over two-years-old, if it looked like I had too many things to carry along with my cane, Tyler would tell me, “I carry, Mama”, and he would take his cooler bag which contained his sippy cups.  Pretty heavy for a two-year-old but he would insist, happily carrying his load.

There’s been a few times where Grant would have a forgetful moment and rush out of a place, leaving me with more things that I can manage.  Tyler would just look at me and pick up what he could.

I’m so proud of my little gentleman.  Even though he doesn’t know that I am sick, cannot grasp something like chronic illness, there is already something there that tells him to help his mama.  I hope he will continue to grow into a respectful little boy and young man who will not only help me but others who need it as well.

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.

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