Today is the 8th Annual World Down Syndrome Day. The 21st day of the 3rd month was chosen as the day to celebrate and signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
Today, we raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. We celebrate Beckett everyday in our house, his extra chromosome presents some challenges but that's okay. There was a time when I was filled with fear, I didn't know anything about Down syndrome. That has changed, I'm an expert now! I hope I can teach others there is nothing to fear. People with Down syndrome are just like you - they have feelings, they love, they have dreams. The thought of someone judging my son based on his extra chromosome breaks my heart.
Our dreams for Beckett are no different than our dreams for our daughters. Be happy, be bright, be you. Happy World Down Syndrome Day. Next time you see someone with Down syndrome, say hi - you'll be pleasantly surprised. xx