As a mother of a child who has brain differences, I struggle with tough questions about privilege. Why do some mothers think their children's brain differences are "better" than my son's? What if my child wanted to wear a racially offensive costume for Halloween? Does telling people to "check their privilege" end opportunities for important but difficult conversations?
During mental health awareness week, as we all try to #SayItForward and #BustTheStigma, I am keenly and personally aware of the toll that stigma can take on families. I know why people are afraid to share their stories.