I had a 2% chance of having a child will Down syndrome. I had the quad test while pregnant, and it came back that she might have Down syndrome. I thought it had failed, because I am young, and I thought that only older women have children with Ds. I remember crying and unable to finish my lunch. I got more ultrasounds with no actual confirmation of Down syndrome. It was a worrisome feeling. ⠀⠀
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My daughter, Nova, was born December 2015 My first response was “she’s perfect.” The pediatrician came into the room and responded that Nova was okay. I asked if she had Ds and I was told she did. Even knowing early on in my pregnancy that it was a possibility, I still felt broken. ⠀
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She was in the NICU for a month focusing on her feeding. She had a minor hole in her heart that didn’t require any surgery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Although she is behind on her milestones, she learns and tries repeatedly. Nova has shown me that she can conquer anything. I just let Nova continue to do things her way.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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