Just Kidding! I hope for some I sparked your attention for just a moment. We are here in NY and not going anywhere anytime soon. I think.
It’s been heavy on my heart lately to share with everyone a few things you may have not known about Down Syndrome. I failed miserably to educate anyone on what Down Syndrome actually is and isn’t during DS Awareness month in October. I get so busy with other things on my mind that I think I forget that some of my followers might not know what’s really going down over here. Actually I know some of you don’t because you have told me. So here goes a few things I wish people knew. I didn’t know any of this before Grady, so of course I don’t expect people to be a walking talking Down Syndrome thesaurus. I think a part of loving Grady is education and in return you are better equipped to advocate for Grady and individuals with Down Syndrome across the globe. Please share this post with your friends and family for me if you wish, their are share button’s to do so on the bottom of this post.
When talking about individuals with Down Syndrome or Grady to be exact it’s important that you can refer to him properly, this is an important form of advocating.
The facts below are taken from www.ndss.org
Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.
• Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 691 babies is born with Down syndrome.
• There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.
• Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.
• The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. But due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.
It is nothing either Paul and I did personally to give Grady Down Syndrome, I wasn’t strung out or under the influence, It doesn’t run in the family nor is it part of our personal genetic makeup, it happened at the time of conception…. Here is the kicker…it can happen to anyone’s mr. sperm or mrs. egg when they are doing the cha cha cha! Now, to me that’s a wonderful and blessed tango, and I hope by reading my blog somewhere you would think so too!
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