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Posted by Lisa Smith on August 02, 2000 at 12:43:55:

In Reply to: My 3-day old nephew just diagnosed with DS posted by Honey on August 01, 2000 at 20:20:42:

:Hi, I am a 34 year old woman with 5 sons ranging in age 7,6,4,3,7months . My 4 soon to be 5 year old son has down syndrome. I have 3 brothers who when bailey was born were very supportive. We didnt know we were going to have a baby with down syndrom until he was born. everyone especially the mother goes through the gammet of emotions.
The best advise I can give you to help your sister is give her time, treat the baby as you would any baby, don't treat the baby llike it will break, or that he excepts your love any different from any other baby. He will smile , walk, talk, love, make you angry, make you happy, make you proud, and most of all teach everyone who is blessed to know him the meaning of unconditional love. He will teach you to appreciate llife, and not to take things for granted. The emotions your sister feels will be there for a lifetime. It will be a rollercoaster. I have more happy emotions than, sad. The only sadness i feel is when the uneducated say or do the wrong thing. I just do everything I can to make Baileys life as productive and fulfilled and I do for my other 4 sons. I am always willing to talk, about everything I am very open to giving support in any way I can. Feel free to write or have your sister write. PLease help - my sister, who is 41 years old and just had her fourth boy, has just been told that her baby has a "mild case" of DS. Is there such a thing as a mild case? What does this entail? What is the best-case scenario for a life for a child such as this? Most importantly, how can I best help her and be a support to her, besides prayers and wishing I could just make it all go away...

: Thank you for any help you can give me.

: - Honey V.

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