A woman with cancer has been denied custody of her children simply because she has cancer, detailed in this article and as reported by Good Morning America. The judge in the case, Nancy Gordon, had this to say:
"The more contact [the children] have with the non-ill parent, the better they do," she says. "They divide their world into the cancer world and a free of cancer world. Children want a normal childhood, and it is not normal with an ill parent."
Judge Gordon, we ask you kindly to sit your ass down. We do, however, appreciate your willingness to form a bullshit opinion so publicly for we now know that you are, in fact, a socially unaware ass-hat walking among us, completely unaware of the world from your bubble of privilege. Those of us raised by a parent with cancer lived perfectly “normal” lives – and what the fuck is “normal”, anyway?? Sitting on a judge’s bench with an LL Bean cardigan under your robes and a wad of upper-middle-class cash stuffed in your never-been-ill-so-what-do-I-care bank account?? – we turned out just fine. Sure, we all want a typical childhood, but what defines typical? The world that MOST of us live in doesn’t come cookie-cutter and illness-free all the time, Your Honorless. Some of us live in poverty, some of us are raised by one parent, or none at all, some of us struggle for what we have but sure as hell wouldn’t have traded our family or childhood for another’s simply because it wasn’t what YOU call “normal”. Cancer is not leprosy and a parent with cancer is no less of a parent. Kids want to be with their parents period. Children have the ability – one which you apparently do not possess – to look past a health issue and simply see the mom or dad they love. My mother did eventually succumb to her illness, and if an idiot like you had had any say in it, I would have been denied precious years, time and memories with her. (FYI, I turned out just fine having been raised that way, thankyouverymuch.) Who are you to define normal, average or typical for another person? I bet you look awesome when you walk on water and heal the blind. Thank you for sharing with the world what kind of socioeconomically unaware jackass you are. We usually hate it when your kind smiles in our face from your almighty throne but looks down on us behind our back. So thank you for that.
Kids of Cancer Patients