To date, I’ve shared with you some raw emotion, some of our learning experiences and even some of our faith as it relates to John-Michael’s diagnosis. Well today, I want to share with you the upside to being blessed with a child who the doctors say has Down syndrome.
There’s just something unique about families with a child or children who have DS. It really is an elite community of people who quickly accept into their families, the new parents of diagnosed children; it truly has amazed me how quickly we’ve made friends, been connected with others and how willing they are to help us with the emotional and physical challenges the we and frankly all these parents experience.
If there ever was the perfect example of a community, this is it. It’s not based on any discriminating criteria; as a matter of fact, the only criteria to be included in this community is to have the fortune of being a parent of a child diagnosed by the medical community as having DS.
It’s a community that no one picks but you are quite literally born into and even though it chose you, you come to a place where you are thankful that God chose you to be a part of this community. God also puts the right people in your path to cry with you, encourage you and even amaze you with the stories they tell.
All I can tell you is that we’ve been absolutely blown away by people, who don’t know us personally, yet, but make room in their hearts and their families to welcome us, to encourage us and walk with us in this new journey that we’ve begun. And to each of those folks we want to say thank you; you are a true blessing!
(Yesterday, our photo shoot was rained out, so for fun we set up the green screen that I bought to make videos and here are some of the results):