I just took a scroll through my posts over the last little while. What I noticed was that what started out as a space that talked A LOT about Down syndrome, has become more of a place where we are just sharing our life. As the years pass Down syndrome has become something that seems to be hidden in the shade, under a big cozy tree, reading a good book. It's kinda there if we need to refer to it but mostly it's just a quiet part of what makes us whole.
Since Canadian Down Syndrome Week is coming up I figured I would shift this space just a little bit more toward the little extra chromosome.
I feel like one of the BIGGEST most TREASURED gifts that Down syndrome has given us is connecting with families all around the globe and in our local community who are all embracing change and difference just like us.
Some families have been on this path a lot longer than us and for them I express gratitude for paving the way and setting such a great example for us to follow. You all have fought, accepted and loved on a level that I admire so deeply. It inspires me to be a better mother. A better person.
Some of you walk side by side with us. Our children are at the same stage, taking the same steps, at the same time. I am honoured to be holding your hands as we walk along together. I don't know where I would be without the knowledge that there are other families out there experiencing it all as well - good and bad.
Some of you are just starting out and for you I am so EXCITED!!! Life is not always easy when you have a child, especially a child with special needs, but it is rewarding. I hope to share my friends with you so that you know, even in your darkest moments; you are never truly alone. There's always light at the end of the tunnel, even if only a tiny glimmer. Any family that I know that has a child with Down syndrome, is always ready and wiling to connect with and support anyone who may feel a little scared of the dark.
For CANADIAN DOWN SYNDROME WEEK I am super SUPER
excited to be sharing some of our local kids and families
I share about our family here all the time. I couldn't think of a better way to bring us all together as a community than to share some of our our very own local families that have been given the wonderful gift that is Down syndrome. I know you will show them some serious LOVE this week as only you here at Chasing Hazel know how.