Opinion: A desperate parent’s plea: Let me outlive my special-needs child

Montreal Gazette | June 1, 2016, Written by Katharine Cukier

And here’s what you should know: In our frequent moments of pessimism, “Just give me one more day’’ is the secret mantra of parents of disabled children across Quebec.

I’m not making cryptic references to euthanasia, but rather exposing the desperate, magical thinking of loving parents who have no reason to believe their vulnerable child will be safe once they are gone. Given that services for adults with intellectual disabilities in Quebec are getting even worse, I really don’t know what else to do except pray to my particular non-existent god to intervene and allow me to live one day longer than my son.

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Undated photo of Benjamin, Katharine, Eric Houde and Marguerite. (Courtesy Katharine Cukier) ORG XMIT: POS1407310957384593

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