Today is World Down Syndrome Day. 3:21 is a day of awareness and gratitude for the progress made in recognizing that a life with an extra chromosome is indeed worth living.
It’s a day of bringing on the hope for the not so distant day my child and your child will be viewed as equals.
It’s a day of being thankful for those who simply see your kid as just another kid on the block.
It’s also a day of celebrating how far we’ve come. There was a time, not so long ago, when parents were told to give their child with the extra chromosome up and walk away from them.
There was a time when close to 90% of all prenatally diagnosed children with Down syndrome were aborted.
The new numbers are out and they are lower. Much lower.
One in every 691 births will be a baby with Down syndrome.
It truly is kind of like hitting the jackpot.
At least that’s how Reed and I have looked at Parker.
We won the jackpot. Our lives have never been richer.