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A Day In the Life

October 2, 2012

Katelyn Easler

English 101

Alyssa Johnson

September 26, 2012

A Day in the Life

Down syndrome is not a disease, it is a disorder. Many people misinterpret individuals with downs. So I am here to set the record straight. To let the world know that kids and adults with Down syndrome are human beings like us, just with a different appearance and set of learning skills. With all that being said, they are not any less capable of everything that we are. Some may have major health issues or small health issues but they push through and are strong-willed people who love life.

DS is a disorder where babies, unlike us, are born with 47 chromosomes. Right now no one knows for sure why DS occurs and there are no ways to prevent the chromosomal error that causes it. Scientists know that the disorder right now more commonly appears in women aged 35 and they are more likely to have offspring with the condition. DS kids have a different appearance, such as a flat facial profile, an upward slant to the eyes, small ears, and a protruding tongue. They may look different from us but they are no different. The first baby model with Down syndrome just got signed with a major fashion company!

This clearly shows that kids with DS are stepping up in the world and finally taking their stand, and showing people they are worthy of being treated just like us.

There can be quite a few major health issues involved with Down syndrome;

  • Heart Defects
  • Leukemia
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Dementia
  • Sleep apnea
  • Obesity
  • Hearing and Vision Problems
  • Increased Risk of Pulmonary Hypertension

Yes, kids and adults have these problems but they do not let them take ahold of their lives. You lead the life you want and they try their best to grab ahold of it. Having Down syndrome cannot be easy, but they have no choice but to push through. Why not make life the best you can for yourself? I have an older sister with the disorder and she is the most courageous person I have met. She goes through many struggles and health issues, but she always tries to bring herself up to the best of her abilities. When she was younger she worked so hard on being someone. She went to school (not that her stubborn self actually enjoyed it), she was even in the Special Olympics! She, as well as other individuals with Down syndrome cannot change that they have the disorder but they can work to change the way people think of them. Judge them as a whole person, not just the person you see.

I have read many remarkable stories about Down syndrome, as well as lived a remarkable story. I have lived through the happiness, and sometimes heartache that comes with having a sibling, a child, or even a friend with Down syndrome. I acknowledge the health issues they may have, but I also acknowledge the miracle it is to have them in your life and what great, smart, courageous people they are. Even if they are sometimes shy and secluded, their life has a purpose just like mine, and just like yours.

– Down Syndrome Facts

– Down Syndrome Blogs

The best sister in the world! ^^

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