Gifts : Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives

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Having a baby with Down syndrome is not something most parents would willingly choose. Yet many who travel this path discover rich, unexpected rewards along the way. In this candid and poignant collection of personal stories, sixty-three mothers describe the gifts of respect, strength, delight, perspective, and love, which their child with Down syndrome has brought into their lives. The contributors to this collection have diverse personalities and perspectives, and draw from a wide spectrum of ethnicity, world views, and religious beliefs. Some are parenting within a traditional family structure; some are not. Some never considered terminating their pregnancy; some struggled with the decision. Some were calm at the time of diagnosis; some were traumatized. Some write about their pregnancy and the months after giving birth; some reflect on years of experience with their child. Their diverse experiences point to a common truth: The life of a child with Down syndrome is something to celebrate. These women have something to say -- not just to other mothers but to all of us. _____________________________________show more

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  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • Woodbine House Inc.,U.S.
  • Bethesda, MD, United States
  • English
  • b/w photos
  • 1890627852
  • 9781890627850
  • 177,566

Table of contents

THE GIFT OF RESPECT -- Aidans Gift; What to Do With A Boy; On His Thirteenth Birthday; Belonging; Oh, Yeah?; From Generation to Generation; Different; Its Better than Good; Mommy; Acceptance; Sunshine; Whos Winning? THE GIFT OF STRENGTH Notes from the Deep End; For Such a Time As This; Travels with Brendan; For James; Nourishment; Matthews Secret; Lifting Each Other; The School of Life; Fight the Good Fight; The Dream; We Are Not Alone; Where Theres A Will, Theres A Way; Emma Sage. THE GIFT OF DELIGHT -- Surprise!; Light the Way; Blue Ribbon. First Place; The Buddha Bean; A Hopeful Future; Enjoying the Ride; Lost and Found; In the Moment; Expecting; Green Onion; Big Sister; Speech Therapy; Loving Emma Jayne. THE GIFT OF PERSPECTIVE -- Beginning; Entertaining Angels; Defining Moments; Slow Motion; When the Other Shoe Drops; Ups and Downs; Miracle Man; Stepping Out; Lucky; Nolan: A Little Dream; The Eighth-Grade Dance; What I Know Now. THE GIFT OF LOVE -- The Life that chose Me; Tiny Hands; Brothers; Birthday Guilt; Kindness Received; The Blessing of an Imperfect Life; Growing; Through the Eyes of Love; Crecer Con Amor; Quality of Life; The Luckiest People in the World; Live Long, Laugh Often, Love Much; First more

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