It’s March again! Wow! Time sure does pass quickly when you’re busy. 🙂 For those of you who don’t know, we celebrate a very special day in this month for our little man I and many others all over the world. March 21st (3/21 – representing Trisomy 21) is World Down Syndrome Day.
Friends from our Buddy Talk group have been busy putting together t-shirts, flyers and a family event to help spread positive awareness on this day. Some local chain restaurants are even donating 20% of their sales to the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association this day only. All in all, many people are doing everything they can think of to help spread the word that Down Syndrome is NOT a death sentence!!!
“As the parent of a child with Down syndrome, I know from experience that doctors, nurses, and other prenatal medical professionals are badly in need of accurate information about Down syndrome so they can deliver the life-changing news to expectant parents with as much clarity—and as little bias—as possible. For many families, and for many unborn babies, access to such information is literally a matter of life and death.” – Matthew Hennessey “First Things”
“George Will once wrote that prenatal testing for Down syndrome was a ‘search and destroy mission.’ In the real world the test is done for one simple reason: If it is positive, you can, with the blessing of our culture, conscientiously justify an abortion. We are taught that to have an abortion is to make a neutral choice. Lettercase trumpets that. Expectant parents don’t need a booklet from a doctor who has taken the Hippocratic oath to tell them it is just fine to get an abortion. They have been taught that already!! [They need a booklet from a doctor that says, “The child in your womb is a human being. Whatever you do – do no harm.” That, they haven’t been taught.”] – comment from “First Things”
It’s sad to think that in 2012, 90 percent of all children diagnosed with Down syndrome inside their mothers wombs were aborted. People think they are doing the child and the world a favor by taking his/her life, but the WORLD is what truly suffers. In today’s society, we would all agree that we seriously need a good dose of love and compassion. Friendships without judgment based on race, wealth, status, etc.
Society (or should I call it socialism) believes that if you cannot contribute to society, you are a drain on society and don’t deserve the life God gave you. Though a person with DS might never become a part of the fortune 500, they are graduating high school and college, working full-time jobs, getting MARRIED and rearing families, and all the while impacting the lives of everyone they come into contact with for the better. I have yet to meet a group of individuals who are more tender and loving than those with DS!
Are there challenging days and medical battles to wade through – yes. However, just because a child is diagnosed in utero with DS does NOT mean they are going to have the worse case scenario for the genetic disorder. While several friends of mine have children with DS that have had to undergo open heart surgery within their first six months of life, my son was born with a perfect heart. He didn’t have the typical intestinal problems. He is his own person wired with his own set of ups and downs. He is just like his siblings, and we take each day as it comes.
I am so thankful for our Buddy Talk group and all the people we are able to reach around the state of Arkansas and even accross the US. Our greatest passion is to bring families together to support each other and gain knowledge, to share our ups and downs and to work together to spread awareness and protect the children yet to be born with DS.
Just remember… “We are more alike than different”
Help spread the positive awareness on 3/21 and hopefully save a life by breaking the stereotype!