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An Open Letter to Tom Segura

We won’t stop until there is an end to the ‘R’ word. Have you heard of ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’? (As a side note, you say you don’t support the arguments of why we shouldn’t use that word? It’s because in the past it was used as a medical diagnosis for Down syndrome – the same word you use to describe something that is not smart. We are trying to break away from that stigma because individuals with Down syndrome are smart, and they are capable, and if given the chance they will show you that. They have been marginalized and segregated for too long, and now is the time we stand up with them and give...

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The Strength Behind 'Special Needs Moms'

2017 was a year of milestones and beautiful memories for us moms. But we also had several losses in our community, especially in the last few weeks of the year. Each one breaks your heart but at the same time strengthens bonds. We will never forget each one of you and we will forever carry you in our hearts. You changed our world, made it better. Even if your stay was brief, your legacy will forever live on.

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The Beginning

Sometimes you have wonderful diagnosis stories, more often than not, it's the opposite. Mine was the latter. It took me two years of debating to finally sit down and write it. I did it for any parent who might be going though this situation. When we found out, I kept telling myself that "a year from now, two years from now, I won't be feeling this hollow sadness". They were empty words thrown in the air, with a sliver of hope that maybe, one day, they would turn out to be true. Guess what? They did. That hollow sadness is now filled with undying love towards my daughter.  It is my hope that one day we only hear about wonderful diagnosis stories. Down syndrome and...

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