I can't even imagine what it would feel like to be a mom who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and wants nothing more than to spend every minute I can hugging, hanging out with, and enjoying the company of my young child. And if I were the young child in this situation, I would want to attach myself to my mom's leg and never let go.
So it's insanely disturbing to discover that Kerri Mascareno, a mom from New Mexico who is battling stage 4 breast cancer, has reportedly been told by her daughter's elementary school to keep far away because the smell from her chemotherapy pills is overwhelming and offensive.
According to Mascareno, she met with her daughter's school principal last week about an issue pertaining to her child. She says the principal then told her he knew it would make her feel bad, and that he was sorry and empathized with her, but that she should no longer visit the school because her smell -- brought on by chemo treatments -- made his employees very ill.
Principal Robert Abney, who refused to comment on the story to a news reporter in the clip below, also reportedly told the mom that she and her daughter were welcome to attend the school's upcoming Thanksgiving dinner -- as long as they agreed to sit and eat their meal in his office. Mom was obviously choked up about this, since she says she constantly thinks about how this could be her last Thanksgiving with her children.
Please, please, PLEASE let us discover that there is more to this story than this heartbreaking clip suggests. No one who works with children would actually tell a mom with cancer keep out of her child's school functions, right? Adults who made it their career choice to work with and nurture children would never put an offensive smell ahead of being human, RIGHT? This can't actually be happening.
Here's the news clip you have to see to believe:
How do you feel about the way the school is reportedly treating this mom and her daughter?
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