A Parent?s Reflection

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Congratulations! You have a new son or daughter and you may have just found out about Down syndrome. I’ll never forget when I was first told… my world was crumbling. I mourned for the daughter I imagined. The doctor told us that if there were to be anything wrong with our child then Down syndrome was the best thing. I was devastated-nine years later I believe this to be true. The hardest part was coming home after she was born and “breaking the news”. Pity seems to be common and lots of people didn’t know what to say because they didn’t understand Down syndrome. Learning my daughter has Down syndrome may have been a temporary setback, but I am proud of her and I fight daily to have her included in our society. You have choices of accepting the situation or giving up; my daughter has taught me many lessons in her short nine years and I have become a better person for it. Enjoy your new baby! Your baby will do what other babies and children do, but it may take longer. Never give up - persistence is the key! You may have medical issues to deal with - deal with them one at a time. Look at each tree in the forest, not the whole forest at once. Knowledge is powerful. Search the web, read books, join Canadian Down Syndrome Society and SDSS, and talk to people and find out what works best for them. You are your child’s advocate, the decision maker, and you will discover what your goals and dreams are for your child. We all make mistakes but learn from them-our children will only become stronger because of them! Shelley & Megan