Category: Trisomy 18

Our Trisomy 18 Journey: Empty Arms

My dad and one of my sister’s came in and honestly, I think at that point, he was still alive. Shortly after, I had each of my daughter’s come in to meet him, and essentially, to also say goodbye. I kept them separate so…

Battling Grief After the Loss of a Child

From my life’s experience, I believe that there is depression and that there is grief. While you certainly can have both at the same time, the two are not interchangeable. I am grieving. For many years, I struggled with depression and on many occasions,…

The struggles of dealing with a small child after the death of a sibling

As we were driving home today, my five-year-old asked, “Who is going to blow out the candles on Gabriel’s birthday?” I just looked in the rear-view mirror, faked a smile, and said, “you are.” 

Our Trisomy 18 Journey: Hello and Goodbye

The amount of emotion we felt on this day is indescribable. No parent, no person, should ever have to both welcome their child into this world and then have to hold them as they die. You are so overwhelmed with joy and with heartache…

Our Trisomy 18 Journey: The Impossible Choice

Frankly, my choice when facing a Trisomy 18 diagnosis is no one’s business but my own. But being put in a position where I was asked to make an impossible decision has opened my eyes and my heart to others and I urge you…