Not sad or unfortunate
Published: Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
The print version of the Living story “Older moms are becoming increasingly common” (Aug. 20 and TribLIVE.com) appeared with an “Age issues” sidebar that said older women have a higher chance of giving birth to a baby with a chromosomal defect, such as Down syndrome, portraying that like it's a sad, unfortunate event. It's not — period.
My “older mom” gave birth to my Down-syndrome sister on June 12, 2011. About halfway through her pregnancy (her 10th), we began to notice signs of Down syndrome, such as almond eyes and a little dimple nose (proving my mom's theory that Down-syndrome babies look like leprechauns). When Annie was born, I was so excited to have a sister (after two boys), let alone one with Down syndrome!
I thought of the kids at school who have disabilities. I had already planned her career! When Annie was born, she had failure to thrive due to aspiration. Now, she is feeding herself with a spoon! She is great! Her biggest feat? Jumping at age 2! Yeah! Whether she's swaggering around the doctor's office or meeting med students, she is a joy to all!
The writer, 12, is a student at St. Thomas More School in Bethel Park.
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