“As long as she’s healthy...” #theyreworthcelebrating
Raise your hand if you said this while pregnant.🙋♀️
This has been the topic of discussion in the #downsyndromecommunityafter the @todayshow interviewed Olympic athlete Shawn Johnson and her husband after a “Down Syndrome scare.”
But what happens if your baby isn’t healthy?
What happens if your baby happens to be born with an extra chromosome or some other “anomaly?”
Does that baby not deserve to be celebrated?! Loved!? Parents congratulated?
Of course she does!
Stella’s Down Syndrome Diagnosis threw us for a loop and we went through all the emotions. Yes, we too prayed for a “normal” baby while we waited for the news. But I wish someone would’ve told me that it was going to be okay either way. I wish someone would’ve celebrated with me. I wish I knew then what I know now.
I get that we all want a healthy baby too..I was heartbroken, scared and angry when we learned of Stella’s heart condition. But her life wasn’t of any less value because of it.
First of all I want you to know that a Down Syndrome Diagnosis doesn’t automatically mean an unhealthy child. But in the event that a child may have health issues, their lives are still worth celebrating! And we need to get better at shouting their worth.
Will you help me shout their worth ? #everylifematters #DownSyndrome