Wednesday, April 09, 2008


What an outpouring in response to yesterday's Times piece. I had no idea so many people had gone through the same kind of experience. I heard from many, many parents who had nearly lost a child through illness or accident, and from a few who went through the same set of feelings around a parent or sibling.

So I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who wrote and shared a bit of their story with me. You reminded why it is, exactly, that I am a writer. Writing makes me feel not so alone--and I hope it does the same for some of you.


Cherie said...

Thank you for this blog. I found it at just the right time!

Unknown said...

Thank you for writing this. I linked to the article myself, although I haven't nearly lost a child to illness or accident. We experienced trauma of a different sort, but it had very similar results. Other friends of mine resonated as well, from their own varied experiences. So thank you, you have certainly had an impact, and you are not alone.

Dana S. Whitney said...

Ditto. Thank you for your article. I too have linked to the article. I hope that your words (and mind) do change the world -- making it safer, more trustworthy, and less traumatic.

Anonymous said...

Harriet, that might be the finest thing you've ever written. (In my humble opinion.)

Can't wait to read your book.

Unknown said...

Hey there, Harriet Brown,

The loneliest place in the world is the UW Children's Hospital after 11:00 pm. It is just soul-sucking.

So maybe my kid is just fine and his descent into weirdness and the strange MRI finding were BLIPS on our radar screen?

Maybe even though we have had one million tests, we are missing the crucial 1,000, 001 test that would have surrendered a diagnosis?

There is just so much second-guessing for parents on how far to press, how much to let go.

Thanks for speaking so well and so eloquently.

your fAN,