Liza Long to speak at JFCS luncheon - Profile

Liza Long to speak at JFCS luncheon

MARILYN HAWKES | Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:00 am

When Idaho resident Liza Long wrote an anonymous post on her blog, Anarchist Soccer Mom, after the horrific 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, she never imagined it would go viral. The blog post, “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” described Long’s feelings about her own experience parenting a child with mental illness. Long’s family had been “stretched so thin on that horrible day in Newtown” that she started asking herself questions: “What will my son’s future be? Are they going to blame me if this ever happens?” The mother is always the first to be blamed, she says.

“Parenting is hard for everyone, but when you’re parenting a child with complex needs and you have to deal with multiple systems, like education and health care and sometimes unfortunately, juvenile corrections, it can be so overwhelming,” she says. Her son has since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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