See, this is an example of a family that doesn't feel the need to be "warriors". They, of course, want to find out what caused it, but more than anything they just support their son. He's functional enough to want to do charitable work and seems like a great kid. His parents seem really down to earth and genuinely interested in helping HIM live his best life. It's not about them, it's about him. His brother seems well adjusted so you can tell equal attention was given. It's amazing how things can work when you don't have a self absorbed narc as a mother. Sorry, Cal, you really pulled the wrong number in that lottery.
You summed it up nicely, and he really does seem like a great kid.
There's that old quote by CS Lewis (that I'm sure your parents mentioned a few times when you were a kid) that says "Integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody's watching". Somehow, I bet this kid has more integrity than Gwen and Kayli's mom combined.
This is what really gets me about Gwen and her ilk. It's similar to how the FA/HAES crowd likes to act like they're "Smashing the Patriarchy" (kill me now) and "sooo brave and fierce" for stuffing their faces. Same with Gwen, you're not brave, you're not a warrior, you're a sick fuck who gets off on the attention you get from your sick kids. I won't go into her multiple changing stories regarding Claire and her existence, but Lola? You knowingly brought that kid into a never ending cycle of pain instead of aborting her or listening to your doctors when they told you the odds aren't in your favor in regards to having a healthy child. But Gwen wants what Gwen wants! She even made the entire hospital staff (according to her, I don't know if this is actually what happened) play along when Lola was born and act like she wasn't a severely deformed, sickly, microcephalic dwarf. You can find that story on her blog, but it just goes to show you that she's not a fan of reality and wants everyone to play along.I just love how all of these Warrior Mommies essentially want asspats for taking care of their own children. Like I don't deny it's difficult raising kids with these issues, but they're your kids.
What would people like Gwen do without social media? I've never seen a woman her age act like a teenager desperate for validation. Between the stupid, attention-thirsty posts she makes, the ridiculous way she writes (how dope is Lola in her lobster costume, yo) and her refusal to confront reality, I often wonder if she is of sound mind.
When I first came across her I thought it was merely a woman trying to have some lighthearted fun. Having a life like hers presents certain challenges, and everybody needs an escape outlet every now and then, so I didn't think much of it. Until I found her blog. That's when I realized she chose to have Lola even after having Claire and that she had a healthy neurotypical child she ignored and debased. Not to mention her fucked up marriage (happy people in love don't need to tell you how happy and in love they are every day) and her tendency to put her kids on display, taking away any decency they ever had. I began to see her for what she was, and it wasn't a woman who was burdened by grief and trying to find and lighthearted outlet; She was a crazy manic bitch that gets off on the "mommy martyrdom" whe receives by exploiting the children she claims to love, because this was the only way she ever got any attention. Let's face it, she isn't the prettiest, she's certainly not the smartest and she never really excelled at anything in her life - then she got pregnant and was doted on for 9 months. She liked being the center of attention for once, so she got pregnant again and got double the attention because of her sick child. She went on to get pregnant a third time, knowing the risks, because she loved the attention she received and has used her sickly kids to cash in ever since.
She's well known in her little town for using the kids for sympathy points and even uses them to get free shit. Shes really a fucked up individual who refuses to accept reality and what's worse - she makes others play the game too. If you ever try to insist that her kids are anything but "beautiful, strong sassy warrior teens", she'll block you and cry to her asspatters that you're nothing but a "hater".
Hopefully Gwen can't have any more children because I don't think she'll give up the spotlight once Lola goes. Sure there's Cal, but Gwen can't use him to attention whore because he's normal. Poor Cal. Hopefully he runs far away from the Ringleader of the Crazy Circus that is his mother.