What World Down Syndrome Day Means To Me
World Down Syndrome Day is March 21st. That day is symbolic because Down Syndrome is a 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome. This isn’t a day my family and I celebrate and honor the diagnosis itself. For us, March 21 is a day we celebrate the beautiful lives that are living with the diagnosis and the beautiful attributes Down Syndrome provides.
We celebrate the lives that are constantly defying odds and changing statistics daily! We celebrate how those living with Down Syndrome exhibits a non discriminatory love and gives hope to all who have the privilege of knowing them. We celebrate how it brings out the most beautiful aspects of our differences. We celebrate how worthy each life is.
We celebrate and cheer not only our own children and their accomplishments, but all children rockin’ an extra chromosome because we are a team.... a family.
You see, that is another beautiful provision of Down Syndrome. It forms bonds and creates a family that contains members from various cultures, backgrounds, and religions.
World Down Syndrome Day is a day we celebrate a huge part of what makes our youngest daughter, Savannah, who she is. Just like one person can make a huge ripple in the lives of so many, one extra chromosome can cause a huge ripple of love and enables us to see others through non discriminatory eyes. We learn that statistics and a diagnosis doesn’t define us. God never makes mistakes. He has a purpose for each of us. So, on World Down Syndrome Day and everyday, we celebrate that purpose, we celebrate the individuals, and we will continue to cheer one another along.... because after all, we are a team. We are family.
I write about life and family. My heart's desire is to educate as I am being educated, while inspiring and encouraging others through the beauty of Down Syndrome.