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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Down syndrome awareness

Today is the first day of Down syndrome awareness month!  Each day this month, I'm going to blog about Down syndrome.  :)
When someone has Down syndrome, it just means that they have an extra chromosome.  Contrary to what some people think, they aren't born missing anything...they just have something extra.  Down syndrome occurs when there's an extra copy of the 21st chromosome, that's why it's also called Trisomy 21.  The extra chromosome makes some things more challenging, but not impossible.  Just because it takes someone with Down syndrome a little longer to accomplish some things doesn't make them stupid or retarded.  In my opinion, it makes them exceptional.  Let's use my son as an example.  He had 3 heart surgeries by the time he was 2 years old & didn't walk unassisted until he was 26 months old.  Yes, typical babies walk before they're a year old.  However, he had a rough start to his life.  He was in CHF (congestive heart failure) at 2 weeks old.  He had his first OHS (open heart surgery) before he turned 5 months, then a second one at 7 months (which he wasn't expected to survive).  He also had a valvuloplasty of his tricuspid valve at 23 months.   So if you ask me, he's one determined little boy to have endured all of this & still work so hard to walk by himself.  He can do all of the things that people who aren't blessed with his something extra can do, he just has to work a little harder & longer to accomplish it.  That makes him & EVERYONE with Down syndrome amazing.  So next time you look down upon someone with Down syndrome, think of the obstacles they have had to overcome to get where they are.  Don't see their characteristics & judge them, remember how much they've endured & how hard they've worked & give them the respect they deserve.

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