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An off-air caller asked, “How dare you compare addiction to cancer. If you walked into a cancer ward and said that, I hope they’d punch you in the face.”

“This hits home with a lot of people,” Fatima says. “A lot have grown up with absentee parents, and they only see the negative side. They are so hateful toward alcoholics.”

As for the feedback from her boys, she says, “They think Mom is a rock star.”

Leyla Fatima stirs the pot
John Gilhooley
Leyla Fatima stirs the pot

Parenting the Addict Child airs on KLSX-FM 97.1. Every Sun., noon-2 p.m.

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