Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives 10th Anniversary Edition shares poignant stories from parents of children with Down syndrome about raising their children.
Gifts is the much-loved collection of over sixty essays written by mothers who share their truths about raising children with Down syndrome. Powerful when it was first published in 2006 and powerful now, the book affirms over and over that a life with an extra chromo- some is one worth living. This commemorative 10th anniversary edition of Gifts includes new personal stories to reflect contemporary mothers’ experiences with the latest prenatal tests and intervention trends, as well as updates on many of the first edition’s children and families. Gifts, 10th Anniversary Edition serves as a source of up-to-date, positive, and honest insight that is too often missing when facing a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
“Gifts is a treasure in our community, one which we share with our families. It has touched the lives of new and expectant parents, medical professionals, and beyond. The multiple voices of this book offer a range of emotions, perspectives, and experiences with such pure honesty and courage. The reader will feel the warmth and connectivity of this commu- nity, and the gift of knowing that they are not alone.” —Sarah Cullen, Family Support Director, Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, Burlington, MA (www.mdsc.org)
“In our current era where increasingly more couples learn about the diagnosis of Down syndrome prenatally, this incredibly moving 10th anniversary edition of Gifts sends a timeless message: people with Down syndrome are celebrated contributors to their families and communities.”” —Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, Co-Director Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital
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