Natalie: Rett syndrome and facial differences

“I held her and I cried and the nurse held me and from that moment on I said “I don’t care about anything else other than protecting her and doing whatever it takes to keep her happy and safe and loved.”

Adrianne and Jason: Tetra-Amelia Syndrome

Adrianne and Jason had two biological daughters when they adopted their son and then their third daughter Maria from the Philippines. Maria was born missing all 4 limbs, a condition known as Tetra Amelia syndrome.   Adrianne and Jason had no experience with someone...

Jori and Dan: Autosomal Recessive Centronuclear Myopathy

When Luxton was born, he wasn't breathing, and doctors immediately called a code blue.  An MRI showed brain bleeds, but doctors didn't know why. Jori and Dan were sent home to care for Luxton. At 3 weeks old, Luxton's oxygen and heart rate plummeted, so they rushed...

Laurel and Jaron 18 P Deletion

Laurel and Jaron didn't receive a diagnosis for their son, Shane, until he was 4 years old. Shane is diagnosed with 18 P Deletion. He had Strabismus, which is a lazy eye, which was corrected when he was 2. He has developmental delays, so even though he’s a...

Katherine and Jeff: 2 with a Fatal Form of Dwarfism

Both of their daughters were diagnosed in utero with a fatal form of Dwarfism. They chose to continue with the pregnancy, and doctors couldn’t give them statistics, because everyone else they knew that received the same diagnosis chose to abort.

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Jori and Dan: Autosomal Recessive Centronuclear Myopathy

When Luxton was born, he wasn't breathing, and doctors immediately called a code blue.  An MRI showed brain bleeds, but doctors didn't know why. Jori and Dan were sent home to care for Luxton. At 3 weeks old, Luxton's oxygen and heart rate plummeted, so they rushed...

Laurel and Jaron 18 P Deletion

Laurel and Jaron didn't receive a diagnosis for their son, Shane, until he was 4 years old. Shane is diagnosed with 18 P Deletion. He had Strabismus, which is a lazy eye, which was corrected when he was 2. He has developmental delays, so even though he’s a...

Sarah and Jeremy: Down Syndrome Adoption

While looking through adoption files from an orphanage in Yerevan Armenia,   Sarah saw a picture of Maria, who has Down syndrome. Sarah told us, ” I saw Maria’s face, and I had seen many other faces over the years, and they are always just so cute and you want to adopt them all, but something was very different when I saw Maria’s face. It’s like God told me, “that’s your daughter, go get her!” 

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