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Posted by Mary on June 30, 2000 at 22:43:39:

In Reply to: MY NEW BABY WAS DIAGNOSED WITH D.S. posted by LISA C. on June 29, 2000 at 13:22:10:

Well I worte about the "afp3" test...And though my child is not born yet...I really feel that any life is a blessing and given to you for a reason..
Now, I can say my pregnancy was not planned at all...And it is difficult to think something might be worng... But I have finally realized, if my baby is born with D.S....It is still my baby, the life that grows inside of me everyday...And there is nothing I can do, but give it all the love it needs.. I know adoption might be a good idea for "you"...But what will the child ultimatley think, when it realizes that you did give it up, and that they were given up because they are special?? And how will you explaine that to your son?? Or your daughter 18yrs from now when she wants to know why ?? It is a hard decision...But think of everyone at hand. Your daughter needs your love...And she needs her Daddys love...Maybe my test results aren't that big of a deal to me because I was raised around children with many defects... I also had many playmates as a child with downs syndrom...And I lost a brother due to downs.. I am not saying your decision to maybe put your little girl up for addoption is totally wrong... It is just something that you can never take back... I mean I am scared to death that my child might have something worng.. & I pray everyday that the test is worng, or for a mirical to take place... But if not, it is still my baby...So before you think of all the things wrong with your baby...Think of all the love, and joy she might bring you... Meanwhile I will keep you in my prayers, whichever decision you choose to make.. :) Also you can get alot of help from Easter Seals and March of Dimes, and United Way... If that helped any :)
God Bless :)
Mary.

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