Children with Down Syndrome are a sensitive topic to go about, but this mom wholeheartedly opened up about her experience on raising an infant with the Down syndrome. According to the National Down Syndrome Society, “Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.”
Joshua & Jessica Egan are parents to baby Gwen and an inspiration for the down syndrome parenting community, and of course, for the present & future parents all over the world.
In her 11th week of pregnancy, Jessica tested positive for the so-called ‘Trisomy 21.’
Meaning that the baby will be born with an additional chromosome in her DNA.
“In that moment I felt extreme devastation,” Jessica tells in an interview with Mammamia.
“All I could think when I received the diagnosis was that my baby wouldn’t be as accepted and celebrated as everyone else’s had been,” she continued.
Heartwarming Facebook post goes viral
Jessica ‘authored’ a heartwarming post on Facebook explaining as it all happened:
“When I placed my order I said, “Regular amount of chromosomes, please!” That’s what everyone else got and what I wanted too. They called me shortly after my order was in production and said “Great news, we went ahead and upgraded you to extra chromosomes for free! You’ll receive the extra chromosomes with your completed order in 9 months.” What?! I was mad! All the other orders I had seen displayed via perfect Instagram posts did NOT have extra chromosomes. Well I decided that receiving my order with extra chromosomes was better than not receiving an order at all, so I settled in to wait for this surprise upgrade to arrive.”
“I have now had my order for two months and am writing this review to let others know the upgrade to extra chromosomes is amazing!! If offered, definitely take it! I posted some photos below of the finished product and you can see the extra chromosome is so worth it – it is extra cute, extra special, and extra-ordinary! So much extra joy. Would purchase again for sure.”
A beautiful poem, indeed!