That is so great the way he stepped up for your son. My cousins stepped up for me. I think there is something special about the cousin relationship-- you’re closely related, but you don’t live in the same house, so it’s like having built-in best friends that you can go see and hang out with, and gives a huge incentive to get out of the house. It makes my life so much fuller and interesting, having friends in it, and there’s always somewhere to go, something to do, and friends to do it with.
And having an employer who is accepting and understanding of the disease like that is so important. My boss at the movie theatre can see when I’m having a bad day, and he takes it easy on me rather than yelling at me or threatening to fire me.