During the month of October many bloggers in the Down syndrome community have agreed to write every day to bring awareness. While I did not make that commitment, I have been trying to keep up on their stories. Just yesterday I asked these bloggers a question: “How did your doctor delivered the news that your baby had Down syndrome?” I was shocked by the responses. I knew this happened, but the fact that the overwhelming majority of medical professionals are so uneducated (gas! Yes, I did say uneducated doctors) is just baffling!
We have a long way to go. This is a race, and we are running this thing. Our children compel us to spread awareness and educate even medical professionals that the lives of our children have value, that they are worthy of life, and they do bring us so much joy!
It is unacceptable to be asked, “When would you like to schedule a termination” upon finding out your baby has Down syndrome. It is offensive to be offered to place your child for adoption when he or she is first born, before giving the mother a child to deal with the diagnosis.
And so I run this race, this marathon of life with my daughter with Down syndrome. We need to educate people, we need to show the world that her life has great value. It is precious! Her life gives me passion and inspires me to go on and challenge the world, even the smart doctors out there that seem to know so little about the meaning of life, of what it means to love and to be loved unconditionally, and who need to learn that a lower IQ is not a bad thing, but rather different. They need to understand that our children are contributing members to society. If it wasn’t for them, where would we learn about love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, and joy?
All life is precious.
An extra chromosome just means there is an extra measure of love.