Ready or not October is here. October is Down syndrome awareness month and I have signed up for the 31 for 21 challenge and will be attempting to post everyday this month in honor of Riley. I've been trying to think up something very clever as a theme to carry out the entire month and well........I'm still working on that. While doing all that thinking I have also been pondering what this blog has ment to me and why I contintue to do it. It all started as a way for me to share about Riley and all the craziness that my life has been. It was a stress reliever and a way to meet other families that are traveling similar journeys. In the last year much has changed but I still find my self wanting to blog and share our day to day journey. I have found so many blogs that I enjoy reading but those that I find myself going back to daily are those that show real life in an honest and open way. That is my desire as well. To show anyone that wants to know, that having a child with Ds is at times a bumpy road. Sometimes it is hard and scary and other days it is beyond wonderful.......in other words we are a lot like other families bouncing along life's road.
Approximatley 1 in 800 live births a child with Down syndrome is born? And did you know that approximatley 90% of parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis of a child with Down syndrome choose to terminate their pregnancy?
These stats play over and over in my mind, but especially lately. Our family recently went to a bbq and met several new families. I left this bbq feeling like I had been grilled about all things Ds. While I love to talk about Riley and often do so even when people don't want to know, I left that evening thinking "wow I'd love to meet new people and not feel like we were a circus show". Though when you sit and think about the fact that 90% of people that find out prenatally that will have a child with Ds will terminate it makes me crazy. That is the part of my brain that makes me want to steal the schedules of all the OB's doing amino's and plant myself in the waiting room with Riley showing everyone how wonderful he is. Ya, I know I'm a bit twisted but thats just how my brain works.
My point to all of this is that hopefully just one person reading this decides to carry a child to term intead of ending the pregnancy because they are scared then all of this will be worth it and more.