When I first found out that our baby had Down Syndrome I was devastated. My world came crashing down and I felt as if my heart had been ripped out. For the next 22 weeks of my pregnancy every time I thought of our beautiful baby I would cry… I would imagine all of the cruel remarks that would be thrown at him, the teasing, the impatience that people would have, I didn’t want MY baby to be an outcast or to be treated differently. Why couldn’t it be someone elses baby? And then he was born… and I smiled. The miracle of life once again broke down barriers. It didn’t mean that I didn’t cry again, but we see now how blessed we have been with the gift of James. He makes us laugh, he is so full of life and so NOT what I expected him to be. He is constantly breaking down barriers and perceptions that I have and that other people have. I know now that over 90% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted. I know now that the information given to me by professionals was full of all of the negatives with very little positives. I know now that the REALITY is the complete opposite of the PERCEPTION. Because of James our life is richer, clearer, fuller and we now see through different eyes… what we thought would be a burden has turned into a blessing.
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