20 Jan Paticipating in Life.
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One of the biggest fears I was faced with was how people were going to treat us in public. I know it does sound a bit egotistical and maybe it is but I am being honest.
We recently went on holiday to New Zealand to visit my family there. It was Ariels first time on and plane and our first trip away as a family actually. At the airport I was surprised and very happy with the way some people treated us. I had complete strangers come up to tell me that my daughter was beautiful. Other Mums came to talk to us and introduce there babies. It was really nice and it eased any anxieties I had been feeling about people and how we would be received. It shows me that people are kind and accepting in general.
Most people who have a child diagnosed with Down Syndrome during their pregnancy choose to terminate. 92% to be exact. It is all fear based I would imagine. Like my fears about how people were going to treat us when we were out. I also have had many other fears that have turned out to be all in my head. The honest truth is that I would not be half the person I am without Ariel. She is teaching me more about life and about myself that I ever thought possible and the lessons just keep coming. I am participating more in life now than before. I also look around and see many people doing less with their lives than many people who have Down Syndrome. I know people without disability who constantly whinge about things, lie around in bed and basically do nothing with their lives. I see many people with disabilities participating in a very full life, competing in sports, going to university, loving their jobs and working hard. Check out some of them here. They are doing their best and are loving life.