I’m not much into reality TV, but when Mr. Andi came home last spring and told me that CMT was filming a reality show here in Mayberry, I knew we’d have to watch it, no matter what the subject matter was. “Sweet Home Alabama” debuted this summer as a Bachelor-style show inspired by the movie […]
When you have a baby with Down syndrome, you become a part of a secret society. If you’re out in public and you spot another person with Down syndrome, you can’t help yourself – you have to make contact with them (or their parents). Other times, you find yourself on the receiving end of what […]
Over the past nineteen months since Nathan’s birth, I’ve read many stories of moms who were devastated when they found out their children were (or would be) born with Down syndrome. My story is a little different. Someday I plan to tell it all, but for now I’ll summarize it in this way: before Nathan […]
Thank you to everyone who hung in there during the 31 for 21 Blog Challenge to raise awareness for Down syndrome! I’m going to quickly recap the month’s posts in case you missed any, and at the end will offer some final thoughts on the experience. Throughout the month, I… …busted some common myths about […]
As part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, I’m posting a series, “Trick or Treat,” throughout October to expose some myths about Down syndrome. I hope that you’ll find it helpful and informative. Myth: Having a child with Down syndrome will ruin your life. Clearly, “will ruin your life” is a subjective statement, defined differently by […]
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I spent a lot of time over the past week mulling what I would say about today’s release of MaterniT21 ™, the new prenatal blood test to detect Down syndrome. Ultimately, I decided to say very little at all. The test isn’t bad or good – it merely provides information. What people do with the […]
As part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, I’m posting a series, “Trick or Treat,” throughout October to expose some myths about Down syndrome. I hope that you’ll find it helpful and informative. Myth: People with Down syndrome are severely mentally retarded. Most people with Down syndrome fall within the mild to moderate range of intellectual […]
On Monday, I posted a recap of our 2011 Buddy Walk experience. Today, I’m sharing a few photos from the day. Enjoy.
This past Saturday marked our family’s first Nathan-centric Buddy Walk. The Buddy Walk was created by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Monies raised at Buddy Walks benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy and public awareness initiatives of the NDSS that benefit all […]