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That both positive and negative emotions about one's children can and do exist simultaneously and would seem to be both healthy and normal.  In my experience, speaking truthfully about my disabled child is painful, deemed neither healthy nor normal. There would seem to be an obvious yet silent and invisible dichotomy or ‘tension’ existing between society’s expectations of parental martyrdom on the one hand, and exclusion or vilification on the other.  I love my son but I am not a martyr, I have a need to be able to say that I hate his disability.  I am not alone with this socially unacceptable requirement yet none of us can 'speak' this.  I intend to make 'it' instead, placing this dichotomy at the centre of my practice in the way that my beloved child, is unavoidably at the centre of my life.

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Jenny George