'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother' blog post author Liza Long sparks mental illness discussions

Liza Long is a freelance writer and the mother of a mentally disabled child, who penned a powerful essay on Saturday entitled "I am Adam Lanza's mother."

In the essay, Long describes her son she calls Michael (not his real name), who suffers from mental illness and how she loves him and fears him at the same time.

"Every time I hear about a mass shooting, I think about my son. And I wonder if someday, I'll be that mom," Long told NBC News in an exclusive interview.

Long writes, "I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza's mother. I am Dylan Klebold's and Eric Harris's mother. I am James Holmes's mother. I am Jared Loughner's mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho's mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it's easy to talk about guns. But it's time to talk about mental illness."

The essay has gone viral, picked up and republished by numerous other blogs. It is sparking a discussion about mental illness around the internet.

One blogger wrote why she thinks Long's blog is "a terrible springboard for further conversation on the subject." You can read her reasons here (http://bit.ly/WgYXIL).

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