I think, friend, that you are still in an earlier phase of this life one comes to live after having…
Ron Collins

First of all my friend I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read my article. I have read your response several times, and have reflected on it with as much insight, intellect and pragmatism as I can muster.

There is no greater pain I can imagine than grieving for a child or children that is/are still alive.

I accept your concerns, worries and judgements. I do not have the right to judge them, anymore than I have the right to correct them.

I am aware of the hard times ahead. I have faced dark times already, as I am sure you have. This is neither the place or the time to elaborate on my own dark thoughts further.

However such responses as yours, as difficult as they may be to read, let alone accept, are none the less valuable, thought provoking and in a pragmatic manner, supportive.

My day job as a psychiatric nurse invariably forces me to reflect on my own personal struggles. I do not have a solution to my struggle with parental alienation. I do have hope. However I do not have false hope. The statement ‘I will never give up’ very much depends on the context in which it is presented, utilised and put in to practice.

I am sure you do not seek reassurance from me. You appear to simply be advising me of the road ahead, and for that I sincerely appreciate your response.

I have many resources that others in my position do not have. Love compassion and the support of others. I am not afraid of what might be. But I am however at present adamant that I will never give up. However the parameters by which I measure ‘never giving up’ will always be open to negotiation. And such interests will be made in the best interest of keeping myself well.

To conclude I believe it is far better to have no fight left but to have hope, than to fight with no hope. For such a fight will invariably lead to defeat.

Thank you for your response my friend. It means a lot to me.