A Thinking Mom’s Message for Jimmy Kimmel

I feel your pain. But please use your brain.

On Monday, late-night-TV comedian Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue about his newborn son. His baby was born with a congenital heart defect that required emergency open-heart surgery.

Millions of American parents, myself included, have walked in Kimmel’s shoes. We’ve experienced the terrifying roller coaster of emotions — panic, helplessness, anger, anxiety, relief, grief, and unconditional love — that comes with raising chronically ill kids.

But Kimmel didn’t use his high-profile platform to educate the public about coping with rare diseases …

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