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A New School Year Letter to My Helpers

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As we embark on a new school year, Kyle introduces himself to his first grade school helpers. Dear School Helpers, My name is Kyle and I am 6 years old. My mom Katie is typing my new school year letter for me because my keyboarding and vocabulary skills are still “in progress.” I was sad to leave kindergarten, but I… Read more »

Black Day: The Monster Rock Band, a review and GIVEAWAY

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Black Day: The Monster Rock Band by Marcus Sikora, with Mardra Sikora, is more than a clever, funny Halloween tale. It’s an inspirational, follow-your-dreams story with universal appeal. And it makes no difference whether you choose to read the book in October or well, March; you will be entertained. Since it’s more fun than a wordy description, I invite you… Read more »

The aftermath of Down syndrome abortion

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The emotional aftermath of abortion is becoming a worldwide epidemic. Although most of the women who endure abortion are suffering in silence, many find comfort by sharing their grief with others in online public, anonymous forums. I focus a lot on the Down syndrome-related aspects of why I believe babies with Down syndrome should not be terminated. However, in taking… Read more »

Drawing the Line (the reality of The Eradication)

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My fictional story The Eradication is closer to reality than you might think. Scientists have discovered a genetic mutation that leads to the development of autism. Less than two weeks ago, a study was released that shows a different genetic mutation plus lead exposure (found in everything from toys to vacuum cleaner cords) increases the chances of a child developing… Read more »

To the doctor who called my son a “Downs patient”

I feel a little sheepish hiding behind the safety of my blog. If it bothered me, I should have corrected your language at the time. But I didn’t want to be a party pooper. We were having such a positive appointment. You were explaining why Kyle might not need to wear orthotics in his shoes anymore. At odds with what… Read more »

Down syndrome awareness doesn’t end October 31

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October is only the beginning of Down syndrome awareness. For our family, Down syndrome awareness happens every day. Others might only be aware of Down syndrome every once in a while, some never. My hope is that no one, especially someone receiving a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis or the doctor on the other side of the desk, will go through… Read more »