having children

A neuromuscular disease is no match for a determined parent's will to love, guide and nurture a child

posted on December 1, 2001 - 11:48am
What makes a good parent? Most people would agree that good parents love their children unconditionally, make their children's needs a priority, and provide a home filled with love, security and even some fun — all requirements that have nothing to do with physical ability, strength or mobility. Yet, parents who have disabilities often find themselves grappling with a society that questions their...
posted on April 1, 2000 - 12:30pm
Pam Rhatigan remembers the day in 1981 when she and her husband, Brian, finished their genetic counseling sessions at the University of Arizona's medical center. They'd gone to discuss the chances that a baby they might conceive could be born with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder of muscle-controlling nerve cells that Pam was born with in 1953. There was no family history and little...