Ponca City, Oklahoma
Jeremy is 21 now. It's been a long 21 years, but worth it. Jeremy has given me purpose in life. I could go on for hours about the things he's done or the way he flips me out at times. Instead, this personal story is about the things I'm thankful for because of having Jeremy.
Rancho Cucamonga, California
My son Jeffrey was born 3 weeks early. I had a very easy pregnancy, labor and delivery. No signs of any problems. His apgar scores were 8 than 9. About 5 hours after delivery, a neonatologist walked in my room and asked if there were any problems with anybody in our families. At that moment I knew something was seriously wrong. He then informed us that the pediatrician saw some mild features and in 3 weeks I would know.
We are very proud of our daughter Kerryn, who is turning 21 in July.
What a lot of hard work! But what a lot of laughs and rewards we have had along the way! When she was born, the midwife turned her hands over to find the tell-tale crease in her palms. My husband saw this happen, but did not realize the significance.
Ryan was born on Feb. 26,1997, one month early. I (Larry) found out the next morning when I went to the hospital. The nurse stopped me on the way to the neonatal care unit, and told me about their suspicions and that they had called a genetics doctor in. I had to tell my wife about their suspicions, and that a genetics doctor was coming in to talk to us later that day. The geneticist came in, told us why they suspected DS and that they took a blood sample to test and confirm the diagnosis.
My daughter was diagnosed with MDS last October, 3 days after her 4th birthday. My daughter has slightly noticeable developmental delays, i.e. speech, toilet training, social skills. Her eyesight is still to be checked. She shows absolutely no outward signs of being an MDS child.
Hello! My name is Barb and I would like to tell you the story of the birth of my little miracle Jonas Robert Martz. Jonas was born on 11/01/00, just one week after my 36th birthday. On the night of Halloween, I had taken my 5 y.o. son trick or treating and had gotten him home and in bed. I began to think that I had not felt my unborn baby moving much that day and decided to sit down and pay close attention to how many movements I felt in an hour's time.
Our daughter, Lori, is going to be 22 on March 12. She was diagnosed at age 4 1/2 as having mosaic down syndrome. At the time, I believe, we were told that the blood sampling showed only 6% of the cells were affected. The low percentage doesn't make a difference--Lori is classified as educably mentally retarded. Incidentally, I was 23 going on 24 when she was born, and she was my first pregnancy. I had a difficult delivery and we initially thought Lori had received brain damage due to the delivery because she was born blue.
I am mother of four children. The youngest is Arianne and she has MDS. She was born on March 14,1998. She was 3 weeks early. I was 38 when she was born. A few hours after she was born, I saw for myself that she had DS. The pediatrician came and told us that she thought Arianne had DS, but she wasn't sure because our baby had just a few signs of Down Syndrome.
I am the mother of a beautiful red-headed, 13-year-old daughter named Lyndsay. This is Lyndsay's story.
Lyndsay is my first child. She decided she wanted to make her entrance into this world 3 weeks before my due date. I was only in labor about 5 hours. Everything went fine with the delivery, she weighed 5lb. 5 oz.; however, when they brought her to me, she wouldn't eat. They took her back to the nursery to put her in the warmer because she wasn't maintaining her temp.
Carlos and I found out about Matthew's diagnosis before he was born. We had an amnio, as with our first child, because of my "advanced" age. I was a little concerned when it took longer than with our first child to get the results, then, when the doctor called me, as opposed to one of the office help, which was the case with our first, I KNEW something was wrong. All I remember was the words "something wrong" and "Mosaic Down Syndrome (a "milder" form of Down Syndrome)."
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