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By ann zambetti — Nov 16, 2013 4:34pm
I followed you all for a long time - my own son died 3 months before Ethan.  The "Normal" you posted is EXACTLY.HOW.IT.IS.

Re the teenage thing - one of my daughters stayed mad at me for a while.  My other two teenagers clung to me at first - and unexpectedly the other day, 3 years later - my son told me that he was sorry he was not his dead brother - really mad.  

I have followed this core truth - I could never give up on my son who was ill - and I won't give up on my children who are still living, no matter what.  I can't control their behavior but I can control mine - love her through it.  That's all they really want - love and approval.  You all are in my prayers, though I am a true stranger, far away.