Ask Amy: Should elderly grandparents be told of grandson's ALS?

  • Article by: AMY DICKINSON
  • Updated: May 1, 2013 - 2:04 PM

Dear Amy: My son, who is in his early 30s, has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is a terminal illness. Many people know about his illness, but my parents do not know. They can see that he is not well since his body is losing many functions.

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mplssellMay. 2, 13 9:54 AM

Unfortunately, death comes to all of us at any age; religious faith gives comfort to a family during this inevitable occurrence, so why not face this fact of life with loved ones.

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bracystakeMay. 2, 1312:27 PM

The grandparents could very well likely outlive their grandson. How would they deal with the news and learn that they could have supported him and everyone else better with the knowledge before he was gone? Forcing family to keep a secret while trying to cope and eventually grieve is a stress that none need in such difficult times.

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