Suckerpunched by the "R" word

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Gwen Hartley
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The Hartley Hooligans

The blogger has three children, two of whom have profound special needs/disabilities.  The oldest son (12 years old at the time) is a fabulous big brother who had a moment of "weakness" by using the word "retarded."  This recounts the enormity of the R word, how they dealt with the situation, how they grieved for their daughters/sisters, and how they moved beyond.  Very touching.