The news of Nicole’s Diagnosis
first arrived by way of a phone call from my doctor.
“We’re not sure”, she said, “but
she may have Down Syndrome.” I almost dropped
the phone thinking that this was the worst thing I had
ever heard. My doctor encouraged us to see a genetic
counselor and a physician specializing in the field.
After some tests, we met with the doctor who told us
that it could be either Down Syndrome, Turner Syndrome
or Trisomy 18. An amniosentesis was recommended but
my husband and I declined. Our previous pregnancy had
ended in a miscarriage and we were told there was a
risk it could happen when taking the test.
This all took place during
the second trimester of our pregnancy and there were
many weeks ahead of us. Not knowing what to expect was
difficult but God graciously carried us through by the
prayers of friends and family. By the time we entered
the third trimester, ultrasounds and stress tests were
a weekly event. We had prayed and asked others to pray
specifically for her developing organs. Each ultrasound
showed these prayers answered.
Still, we did not know what
to expect until October 3, 2005 when Nicole came into
our world. As soon as I looked at her, I knew she had
Down Syndrome. Later on tests confirmed it. Our first
few months were busy as we saw a number of specialists
for medical evaluations. I am happy to report that she
is a healthy little girl. She is spunky, often willful,
as any three year could be, and is developing well at
her own rate. We are so thankful for her. She is the
blessing that came out of uncertainty and faith.
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