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The Eradication (a fiction)

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As an old woman, I am privileged to revisit past events with an objective lens. It was a different world then. Early in the year, 2018: I was 38 years old and pregnant with my fifth baby. If you’ve seen one baby’s ultrasound you’ve seen them all, so my husband remained home with the other children while I attended the… Read more »

my baby, my strength

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Down syndrome: it’s not the end of the world

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Since giving up facebook for Lent yesterday (has it only been one day??), to fulfill my need to connect with the world I was catching up on blog reading. One blog that popped up in my Reader was written by a pregnant woman who recently had a first trimester scan that had an elevated reading of nuchal translucency (involving the… Read more »

I was not born an advocate.

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As a person who is naturally hesitant to call people out or stand up for myself (often because I don’t think of the words until long after the situation has passed), I have had to grow into the role of advocate for my kids, especially Kyle. Slowly, through key situations, I have found my voice as defender. When Kyle was… Read more »

Clubfoot: “The best kind of deformity.”

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For 1/2 of my 3rd pregnancy, I was operating under the assumption that my child did not have Down syndrome (incorrect) and did have bilateral clubfoot (correct). My feelings the day of the ultrasound, as I wrote in the diagnosis story, were of grief and fear of the unknown.  I didn’t go crazy doing research because Dr. Google can be… Read more »