Monday, March 21, 2011

World Down Syndrome Day 2011

Today is 3-21.  In honor of Trisomy 21--three copies of the 21st chromosome, commonly known as Down Syndrome--today the world celebrates World Down Syndrome Day. 

While I usually tend to ramble on about various aspects of T21 on days like these, today, I would like to keep it simple.

(Keep it simple?? Miss Banana is shocked.)
Today, on World Down Syndrome Day 2011:
I am grateful that Miss Banana is in my life.

I am grateful for the new perspective that little extra 21st chromosome brings me.

I am grateful that our lives are fairly mundane and that sometimes I can completely forget about that extra chromosome.

I am grateful to all of my family and friends who love Miss Banana (extra chromosome and all) and stick up for her and try to make the world a better place for her.

I am grateful to all the members of my Down syndrome family that answer my questions, calm my fears, open their hearts and share their lives with me and the rest of the world.

I am grateful to all the people that have stopped using the r-word.

I am grateful to all the doctors, nurses, therapists, and other medical professionals that keep Miss Banana alive and well.

I am grateful for my two little boys who love their sister whole-heartedly and are her biggest cheerleaders.

I am grateful for Dr. C who taught Miss Banana how to sign "I love you".

I am grateful to all the other people out there with designer genes who inspire me, keep me young, and make me want to be a better, happier person.

Happy World Down Syndrome Day to you all!!


kecia said...

she is so cute! I want to squueze her!

Courtney said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your light with the rest of us.

Chelsey Wilson said...

Carrie, all your kids are so precious! And you are an amazing mom and woman! Tate was cracking me up in class telling me he "got real information on the internet"!! I am sorry i could not stay for lunch at church today. That was so thoughtful of ya'll and i know it was a lot of work. Talk to you soon!

Courtney said...

I just have to tell you when I pulled up your blog Afton was sitting next to me, here's what she said about your sweet little miss- I just loved it... "Do you know that girl is very pretty?" "She is just adorable."

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