“Perfection is not dependent on how many chromosomes you have.
Beauty is not dependent on how many chromosomes you have.
Health is not dependent on how many chromosomes you have.
Happiness is not dependent on how many chromosomes you have.
All of these things coexist.
Everyone, and at the same time, no one, is perfect.
All babies are beautiful.
Health is a luck of the draw, something to be thankful for, and a privilege if you have it. It’s certainly not entirely linked to chromosome count. Happiness is for everyone.
Lots of us who have 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥ren with Down Syndrome are more conscious of our language now, based on the journeys we’ve been on.
They suspected our 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦 had Down Syndrome, but he was perfect when he was 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧.
They thought our 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦 had Down Syndrome from the scan, but he was completely normal.
We don’t care if it’s a boy or girl, as long as they are healthy.
‘OMG, I can’t believe someone thought your 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦 had Down Syndrome! He’s completely perfect and gorgeous looking. How terrible and rude.’
‘Her 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦 is ugly, looks like a Downs 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦.’
Whilst the world has come so far in terms of acceptance for differences, it still feels like there is a stigma surrounding Down Syndrome.
There is an offense if it is suggested your 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥 may have Down Syndrome when they don’t.
People still use Down Syndrome as an insult towards people’s behavior and looks.
Imagine at your most vulnerable time as a parent, looking at your 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥’s hospital notes and seeing the words ‘facial features: abnormal.’
It’s allowed to hurt, and we are allowed to challenge language in an attempt to make the world a little kinder and accepting for our 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥ren.”
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