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When I first knew my daughter had Down syndrome

I think about the day Ava was born a lot. I think about having contractions all night but still going to work in the morning. I work at a hospital, so I figured I’d be in right place. I think about calling my husband at work, telling him our baby girl was coming. He got...
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Inclusion, Awareness, Compassion

Our first Ava’s 5K for Down Syndrome, was created by a few friends who thought it would be fun to hold a race that raised money for Down syndrome advocacy. We said, “If we get 100 participants, we have a race.” Three hundred people attended last year’s event. We were overwhelmed at the magnitude and...
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Life lessons from the pumpkin patch

Recently, I had the opportunity to take my 3 year old son Michael on his very first field trip. It was your usual fall preschool field trip, complete with pumpkin patch, hayride, and of course…the boo barn. It was tons of fun for mommy and her little man. On our way back to the car,...
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Reflections on Holland

Shortly after Ava was born, I stumbled across this essay late one night as I sat up googling “Down syndrome” and “baby” for the thousandth time. At the time, I felt like this piece of writing gave me some inner peace. Finally, someone understood all of these internal feelings that I had. Some one made...
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To the woman who asked to take a closer look

When my perfect 5-pound daughter was born almost five years ago, we were Ava stairsgiven a diagnosis of Down syndrome. Fear of the unknown consumed our lives. Constant worry filled our days and nights. What will her future be like? What will our future be like? I became the overprotective mama bear and mistook kind...
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