Tag Archives: Downs Syndrome

The Journey, Eleventh Overlook: Dignity

He would have been thirty-three next month; and though his back never left his sheets, he died with no bedsores. He outlived at least two of the doctors who said that he would surely die before he was five, and … Continue reading

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The Journey, Eighth Overlook: Of Course

After learning that Oliver could not be cured and being told by the doctor that Oliver could be put in an institution, your parents replied, “But he is our son. We will take Oliver home, of course.” Maybe it’s because … Continue reading

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The Journey, Third Overlook: Choose

We have the power to choose. The first chapter concludes with those six powerful words. De Vinck previously shared a story about being in the garden with his son, admiring a beetle when their impulsive neighbor crushed it. Later that evening, … Continue reading

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You don’t belong

Florida State is playing in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1993; it’s been a long time coming. They’re a #10 seed in this years NCAA tournament and that means that the selection committee felt that, of the … Continue reading

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Stigmas and Signs

Adam and Kristina have a son named Max. Jake and Ashley have a son named Caleb. Max and Caleb both live within the Autism Spectrum. Caleb lives in Tallahassee, so my family gets to spend a lot of time with … Continue reading

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The Road He Travels

Robert Frost culminated his adored poem with the following, Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference This poem is regularly referenced to encourage people to … Continue reading

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Gravitation

It’s the reason the moon is still orbiting the Earth, and why Green Bay Packer fans endure those Siberian winters.  The world of physics coined the term, gravitation, and defined it as, the force of attraction between any two masses. It’s a … Continue reading

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Pie with special needs

Pumpkin pie was, hands down, my favorite Thanksgiving dessert growing up. My mom always made a variety of pies, but Pumpkin was the only one I would eat. And it had to be cold… and smothered with whipped cream. Cest … Continue reading

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What is normal anyway?

I have a son who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy before he turned 1-year-old; he is 6 now. He has 3 younger brothers living at home with him as well as his mother and myself. I have 4 sisters, 1 brother, … Continue reading

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