Down syndrome

‘Something was seriously wrong with our daughter’s eyes. They were mostly pupil! I couldn’t look at my baby.’: After ‘normal, healthy’ pregnancy, mom receives Axenfeld-Rieger diagnosis

“Every time we’re out and a stranger compliments how big and beautiful her eyes are, I have a mental debate on whether or not I should mention her defect. I decide no, smile and say thank you. I’m always left with a weird feeling. I just pray she’ll always know how beautiful she is.”

‘Before I put her to bed, her face turned pale. She was screaming in pain. My husband read the word ‘leukemia,’ and I had this sickening feeling. The inevitable truth was seeping into our lives.’ Mom gets hit with triple diagnosis: Down Syndrome, Leukemia, & Typhlitis

“A few hours after going to the doctor, I was out shopping with my husband. He handed me the phone. ‘It’s the pediatrician.’ My heart stopped. Why was he calling so soon? And why was HE calling and not the nurse this time?! Then, he said the words I’d been fearing since Tessa’s birth. I didn’t have the strength to stand. I fell to my knees. I had no idea how to move forward.”

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