For far too long, people with Down’s syndrome were looked down upon, doubted, and, in worse cases, bullied for being different.
Of course, the world is ever changing, and these days people born with Down’s syndrome have a much easier task of settling in with society.
Even so, it can be a daunting thing to be told your child has Down’s syndrome. The condition does come with certain complications that impact the way a parent might raise their child, and for many the task is one they don’t deem themselves necessarily ready for.
When Jessica Egan fell pregnant, her and her husband were overjoyed. They were given a lot to consider, however, when at 11 weeks Jessica was told that the little girl growing inside of her had Down’s syndrome …
“When we decided to have a baby, of course, we hoped that it would happen right away,” Jessica said to Bored Panda.
“When it didn’t, we found that it was easier to bear because there are so many resources available for people who are struggling to get pregnant. I joined a local infertility support group and made a lot of great friendships with other ladies going through the same thing. When our first round of IVF failed it was disappointing, but we decided not to get discouraged and to keep trying. It was from our second attempt at IVF that our daughter was born.
“We found out when I was 11 weeks pregnant that our unborn baby had been diagnosed with Down syndrome. At first, we were devastated but it was because we didn’t have any experience with Down syndrome and it was something we were not expecting at all. We grieved very deeply for about three days and then my husband and I decided that we wanted to educate ourselves so that we could be happy and look forward to the birth of our baby.”
It was then that Jessica and her husband embarked on a mission to educate themselves to the fullest extent. They contacted their local Down’s syndrome and started a journey in the pursuit of knowledge.
Jessica explained: “Education was the biggest factor in changing our feelings about Down syndrome. We realized that we simply didn’t understand this diagnosis because we didn’t know anyone with Down syndrome. It is natural to fear things that we don’t know or understand, so we reached out to people in our community that had children with Down syndrome and we made some great connections.
“We began to see that this truly was nothing to be afraid of and that instead, we were lucky for being chosen to have such a special and unique daughter.”
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