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Posted by Todd ( on June 11, 2000 at 12:07:38:

Hi Steve. My name is Todd. I have clusters too. I'm a whole bunch older than you (46) and like your Mom and Dad, I'm a parent. My daughter is 15.

Kids don't like to see their Mom or Dad cry or feel bad. When Jennifer was little, she saw me have a cluster and it scared her, just like yours worry your Mom.

Last year, MY Mom saw me have a cluster for the first time. My Mom is even older than me....she is 76. I could see the hurt in her face as she watched me pace around the house with an icepack to my head waiting for the attack to end.

It made me sad to see my Mom hurting for me. I don't think there is any pain in the world (EVEN CH!) that compares to the pain a parent feels when their child hurts. It's a different kind of pain from CH though. It's a pain in our hearts...not our 'real' hearts, our spritual hearts.

When your Mom gets that worried look on her face and sometimes even starts to cry for you, remember this:

That is just a sign of how much she loves you.

Don't try to help her or stop her, just say this:

"Thank you, Mommy. I love you too."

Your friend,

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