Yes, I am a cancer survivor too.
Doesn't sounds like anyone would disagree with staying home while contagious. I'm not--I only look like it.
I ran it by my priest and he wants me to come, and he will handle the complaints if fellow parishioners find my asthma attacks offensive. That seems to be the only solution to the problem.
Sometimes I think I will have a t-shirt made up:
"It's asthma--you can't catch it.
That child is autistic--you can't catch it.
I'm not ignoring you , I really am deaf."
Too bad there are so many things that are not what they appear and so many ways that we can obtain social disapproval and shunning unintentionally.
I really got to thinking about this because I worked with autistic kids for many years. I read yesterday that there was a parish in MN who forbade a family from Mass because they had an autistic kid who, as some do, acted out inappropriately. If anyone needed the comfort of His Presence, certainly it was this child and his family. If anyone needed the prayers of others, this family did.
I'd rather have my "viewing experience" spoiled by such a child anytime than have him banned from the House of God.
Thank goodness there are many parishes today who have special services for special needs people. Hope they get one here soon. I can cough and maybe share a little special moment with a child who is "disruptive".
Those who are disturbed by the illnesses of others need not attend.
And yes--it IS my issue and He has given it to me for my lesson in His Wisdom. :o