Friday, August 15, 2008

Get Rid of Her

Here's a headline that caught my eye this morning:

When my little girl was born with Down's, I felt like I'd given birth to an alien and just wanted to get rid of her

Yow! Of course, I had to read it. I guess I was led by that same impulse that makes you look at a car wreck even though you're afraid you might see dead bodies. And I was prepared not to like this woman, just going by the headline.

But you know, it's actually a pretty poignant story (Kleenex alert!) I can't relate to her feelings when she first saw her little girl, because I loved Josh before he was born and my feelings only intensified when I found out about his spare chromosome. But I've known other moms of kids with Ds whose feelings more closely compared to this mom's than mine. It took courage for her to admit it.

Her little girl is absolutely adorable. I do hope this mom understands that God is using little "Grace" in her life to change her. I pray that she comes to know God, if she doesn't already, and that He gives this little girl the best medical care available.


Melissa Markham said...

I appreciate your sharing this story. I hope others will read it and that it will be a blessing to them. The mom was so courageous to share what she truly felt instead of trying to cover it up. I am sure there are others who have felt the same.

My sister-in-law had a son with Down's Syndrome who had a lot of problems and was on the low end function wise. My SIL and BIL did their best, but it was really beyond their own abilities to give M the proper care and keep up with all of the appointment he needed. He was adopted by another family at age 6 and is doing very well.

Janet said...

I love it when women tell the truth. :-) It would be a shock,and scary too. And yet, like you say, these things can be a blessing later in life. It's that way with a LOT of things.

MoziEsmé said...

Thanks for sharing the link. She is such a beautiful baby; it's hard to understand what the mom went through, but given pp hormones along with no signs that there would be a problem, I can sympathize.

Barbara Frank said...

Melissa, thanks for sharing the story of your SIL and BIL. Some kids with Ds have very serious medical issues. It can be overwhelming to their parents. Thank God there are places like CHASK who help place special needs kids with families who can handle their tremendous medical needs.

Janet, isn't it weird how those things are linked?

Mosiesme, I never thought about it that way before, but you're right...those hormones can make everything seem so much worse.

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by!