To The Chronically Ill Mother Who’s Afraid She’s Not ‘World’s Best Mom’



The Mighty


By Brittney Rogers in The Mighty.


If you’re a mom, your children are the ones who give you the “World’s Best Mom” title. I have 22 years of experience being the daughter of a mom with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). I can say without an ounce of doubt that her chronic illness has never once made me rethink her “World’s Best Mom” status.

Although I can remember Mom’s symptoms frightened me sometimes, she always put on a brave face for my younger sister and I. She never wanted us to worry about her. When I was little, one of my favorite games was ‘The Baby Game.” My sister and I played the parents and Mom was the baby. At the time, I just thought it was a fun way to play the mommy role. However, looking back now I realize she was ingenious. The game allowed her to lie down and conserve energy, while my sister and I remained blissfully unaware. Quite frankly, we had way too much fun bossing Mom around. Like many moms who live with a chronic illness, she found a creative way to be actively involved in our lives — being ill could not and would not stop her from playing with her daughters!


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