Mommies of children who are fighting an illness are akin to being Super Women.
It doesn't matter if it is: Celiac Disease, Autism, Crohn's Disease, Diabetes, Cancer, or severe food allergies.
You name it...because none make beng a mommy any easier. Not that mothers who have healthy children don't deserve the title Super Mom, but dealing with challenges that surmount the norm makes the title even easier to bestow.
If you can imagine stepping in their shoes for one day, could you become accustomed to:
- Going beyond the call of duty to worry every day if there is a potential health hazard to an already frail child
- Fighting to educate everyone from the family physician to the school teacher and anyone in their life
- Having to balance their homework, cook almost every single meal, clean, and work a job even while they may be ill more frequently, and especially if you are a single parent
- Make last minute arrangements to accommodate their basic food needs for class parties, family get togethers, sleepovers, sporting events - Even when you are not well or tired
- Being the pillar that gives them emotional support for the times that they inevitably feel left out or different
- Dealing with bullying children and adults since 1 out of 4 kids are bullied due to food allergies
And that just touches the surface of all the things required of these incredible mothers...
It is no wonder we can come off like the proverbial mother bears with claws bared and ready to pounce if not careful. We become used to defending our young and being their source of strength. It is natural animalistic behavior and there is nothing to justify beyond that.
But, above all, know this; You are held with the highest regard from R.O.C.K. and others for rising to the occasion.