OCTOBER IS DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH — I Took the 31 for 21 Challenge

Oh, it’s October 8th!!!! And, I haven’t blogged in honor of the 31 for 21 Challenge. It was this challenge that got me started blogging in the first place. So, in between my other happiness posts including Angels Amongst Us, Random Happy/Funny Thoughts, Special Exposure Wednesday and Thankful Thursday, I’ll be posting daily about Down Syndrome. That is, I’ll be writing about what it’s like to share my life with someone — or, in my case, some TWO people — whom I love dearly, who happen to have been blessed with an extra 21st chromosome… More widely known –but hugely misunderstood — as Down syndrome:

DOWN SYNDROME

Don’t underestimate my children just because they have Down syndrome

Or, label them as “Downs kids”

Why would you put their diagnosis before the amazing individuals that they are?

Names — Brian & Michael — are the only labels that should be assigned to them!

Save your pity! I’m having an absolutely wonderful life with my beautiful children!

Yes, they have Down syndrome… but that does not define who they are!

No, I would not change them. Like the rest of us, they are PERFECTLY imperfect just the way they are.

Down syndrome is JUST their diagnosis. And, it’s a genetic condition NOT an illness! They are not sick. They just have an extra 21st chromosome… that’s all!

Reserve your judgement until you’ve actually met & gotten to know Brian & Michael

Ordinary 4-year-olds is what you’ll see — more like every other kid their age than not!

Meet them and see for yourself!

Everyone who does is amazed and changed forever… for the better! I certainly am!

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About Maggie

I'm a stay-at-home mother of 3 children including a 15-year-old daughter, the Old Soul, and 11-year-old identical twin boys who've been blessed with an extra 21st chromosome (aka: Down Syndrome). I happily spend my time doing all that I can do -- breaking the proverbial box wide open -- to foster my children's development and then sharing what I learn with you through this blog.
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2 Responses to OCTOBER IS DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH — I Took the 31 for 21 Challenge

  1. stephanie says:

    beautifully put, we are so blessed.

  2. Beverly says:

    we are so blessed

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