WOW! Over 7000 and Counting…

June 26, 2012 · 8 comments

in The Boy & Down Syndrome

In last Friday’s Seven Snippets, I mentioned the IDSC for Life’s newest photo campaign. Nathan’s photo and caption were posted on the IDSC for Life website on Monday, and also on the IDSC for Life’s Facebook page. As of 9:30 this morning, his photo and caption had been shared on Facebook more than 7,000 times.

That’s right. Over 7,000 shares in less than 24 hours.

I am stunned. Images are powerful – images combined with words are even more powerful.

On Thursday I’ll devote a post to telling you about the IDSC for Life, its mission, and highlighting some of the actions the coalition has taken recently. Until then, if you’d like to check them out, click on Nathan’s photo above or visit their Facebook page.

UPDATE (6/26 at 9:30 p.m.): Almost twelve hours after I published this post, the shares keep climbing. They are rapidly approaching 12,000. Several friends have reported seeing Nathan in their feeds, posted by friends of theirs who have never met our family. Another friend tipped me off to the fact that he’s on Pinterest, as well. I am speechless.

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Ty & Tracy June 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Hi! It’s Ty & Tracy!

CONGRATS!!! Your picture is SO powerful and to the point…couldn’t have said it better myself!!! We’re sharing it with as many people as we can, we just LOVE IT!!!

Ali Llanas June 28, 2012 at 7:21 am

im from mexico, and im on idsc board. i shared your photo and also is being shared in the hispanic community :) so its beyond language barriers too!

Andi June 28, 2012 at 7:22 am

Thank you, Ali!

Wendy Cole June 29, 2012 at 2:09 am

You sound like a fab mum, just like mine. I’m only about 4ft 5 tall just like my mum. I have had many issues with my health – I had both hips replaced by time I was 31, major bowel surgery 2yrs ago and diagnosed with oesteoporosis last year. My mum has taught me that you should never let anything hold you back!
I have my own home, car and good job. The only thing missing is Mr Right but in the meantime I have my little Westie Robbie to keep me company.
Well done on making sure your kids let nothing hold them back.

Andi June 30, 2012 at 10:21 am

Thank you, Wendy! I’m so glad you commented! And those Westies are pretty awesome. :) I have one named Daisy who is my BFF!

Diana White June 30, 2012 at 8:45 am

I enjoy everything about your sight. So informative on the issues of DS. This picture is so awesome,and it says it all. Your little boy is so handsome too. I want so much to post my daughters pic,and put a caption, but there’s so much to say, and I can’t make up mind which words to use! Having a DS child has really changed my life for the better,and through her eyes I see the world completely different than how I use to see it. She is joy unspeakable!

Andi June 30, 2012 at 10:24 am

I actually did not come up with the caption for Nathan’s photo – IDSC for Life did it, though I have had many people assume it was me because it sounds like something I would say. Don’t be afraid to push your daughter out there for the world to see, but be prepared. Some people won’t be willing to accept her, no matter what you do, and there were even comments made on the Mothering magazine page about how Nathan was being “exploited” through his photo. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but like any bad-tasting medicine, the end result is a good thing.

Diana White June 30, 2012 at 11:33 am

Thanks Andi, and yes I know know all about those negative comments. I’ve had plenty of those. Some people just aren’t willing to except our little angels into society yet. But that’s ok I’m not bothered by it at all, because I know just what a precious life God has given me to take care of for him!

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