I’m 18 years old, about to graduate HS, and I live with my parents. Well, my dad has Parkinson’s disease. My parents never outright told me anything about this when I was younger. When I was about 14 I learned mainly through inferring what was going on. My dad never talks about it, I think he just wants to live as normally as possible and I give him that. My mom is famous for telling me all this stuff about how sick he is and all of this upsetting stuff just out of the blue…like “You see how bad your daddy was shaking today, it’s all that medicine” and it just upsets me because nobody is upfront about anything. My dad is having surgery to relieve some of his symptoms soon, and my mom didn’t tell me anything but “Oh it won’t interfere with your graduation, it’s in the summer…” and then just as he left she’s telling me all of this stuff that I didn’t know and it upsets me. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to deal with seeing him go through the surgery because I have never seen, heard, or even thought about him being sick even though he is because my parents cover it up. The whole thing has been under hush hush, and now I feel like it’s BAM! in front of my face. I don’t even know how to talk to my parents about that. I wish they wouldn’t treat me like a child and would let me in on this.
Can someone help me, give me any advice at all? I really don’t know how to deal with any of this.
Thank you, everyone! God bless, Happy Easter, and Venerable John Paul II, pray for us!