On April 25th, Alaina Giordano lost custody of her children. A North Carolina judge ruled that her two kids need to move to Chicago to live with Giordano's ex-husband. She based this decision, in large part, on the fact that Giordano has Stage 4 breast cancer.
I can't be articulate about this story, except to say that I work very hard to make sure that my kids will be all right- no matter what happens. I wish I could protect them and all those who love me from the realities of cancer. But do I think that cancer makes me a less fit parent?
Not on your life.
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I first read about this on BlogHer, where Jenna argued very articulately that anyone who has ever been ill or ever might be should care about this story and the frightening precedent it has set.
My friend Judy (from Mothers With Cancer) wrote a beautiful response called "We Are All Terminal."
You can read Alaina's own words on her blog, Beauty in Truth.
I couldn't find a single post or comment by anyone who agreed with the judge's ruling.
For that, I'm grateful.