Post by Bubba the Trojan on Oct 4, 2019 16:04:54 GMT -6
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. DS occurs when one is born with 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. The condition has some distinguishing traits (low set ears, almond shaped eyes, developmental delays) but it effects people to different degrees.
Some with DS will be totally dependent on others their entire lives, some will be largely independent, even earning college degrees, some will fall in between. What is true of all people with DS, however, is that they are image bearers of God. As such, they deserve our love, our affection, and, when appropriate (especially pre-birth), our protection. If you don’t have anyone in your life with DS, find someone (a local Buddy Walk is a good place to start) and love them. The love you receive in return is immeasurable.
Post by buzzlightyear on Oct 12, 2019 8:42:58 GMT -6
I don’t normally scroll down to this segment and thus missed this entry. Down Syndrome kids do vary a great deal but being affectionate is preserved in most. Their kindness and smiles comes so much more easily than the general population. This little girl is adorable and truly these patients have been some of my favorite to ever deal with in my career. I am writing because in Marianna our Beals Outlet and Big Lots reopens on the 10th exactly one year after our community was literally devastated by hurricane Michael. Thinking back to those few days and even this year later is tough and sickening. Then I see this post! Thank you for just a nudge back to what greatness God shows in what can appear initially as a disappointment to many. She like our recovery are a testament to God’s love and kindness to us all.