Today, March 21, 2014 is World Down Syndrome Day!
Reposted from The International Down Syndrome Coalition...
I had Sara when I was only 22 years old and honestly a bit lost as to where my life was going. She ended up being such a compass for me and became the yardstick that everything around me had to measure up to. She is my own personal hero—watching how she embraces life and truly experiences things to the fullest is such a powerful thing to witness.
Sara’s strength is her keen sense of being aware. She watches, listens, and remembers. She has compassion for others and always remembers someone’s name after she has met them. When you are with Sara, you feel that she really cares about you.
Sara’s dreams are like any other 21 year old girl’s—she dreams of love, companionship, friendship, a job, and fun. She wants to work in a hospital and help people to feel better.
Down syndrome has both changed my life completely and didn’t change a thing at the same time. I think I appreciate the little things far more than I ever did. I look at others and notice abilities before disabilities. I am more tolerant and understanding because Sara sets a perfect example of how to do that every day.
I would like to tell the world that Sara is every bit as successful as any other kid her age. She is bright, witty, sincere, and helpful. She contributes in a way that I never imagined possible and her love is genuine and without conditions.