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Posted by Ellen Dale on March 20, 2000 at 22:16:20:

In Reply to: MY 5 YEAR OLD SON HAS DOWN SYNDROM posted by LINDA on January 05, 2000 at 17:23:26:

I found out that Austin was DS maybe an hour or two after birth. Fairly devasting. But, it took only a few minutes for me and a month or two for Dad to say, "OK", no problem.
Enjoy your child for all he's worth. Educate him as best you can. DO NOT try to make something of him that he is not. LOVE HIM. You will know in your heart what he is capable of. Let go when you have to, but not until you have exhausted every possible means of giving him what you think he may need. Know when to say, when. There are wonderful children out there, like Chris Burke, that can function as well as any typical human being. It appears as though my child will not. Does that mean that he is less? NO! It also does not mean that I will stop trying. Austin's window of opportunity is wide open. I never beieve that it is too late. By the way, we're from Mississippi, not far from Alabama.

: WE DID NOT KNOW UNTIL A COUPLE HOURS AFTER ALLAN WAS BORN. THAT HE HAD DS. I HAVE 3 OTHER CHILDREN BROOK IS 7, KYLE IS 2, HANNAH IS 4MONTHS OLD. ALLAN LOVES HIS BROTHER AND SISTERS VERY MUCH,HE IS VERY LOVING,A WHOLE LOT OF STUBORN.IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHAT JUST E-MAIL ME AT LNDALXNDR@AOL.COM. LINDA FROM ALABAMA


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