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Nancy's Family Album
INNERview: So Much More
INNERview with Adrienne Sullivan on HAVE YA HEARD
YVONNE PIERRE: Adrienne, could you take a moment to introduce yourself to HYH readers?
ADRIENNE SULLIVAN: I’m 31 years young, living in Fort Worth, TX with my wonderful husband, two amazing kiddos, two crazy pugs, and the world’s greatest cat. Our life is chaotic and there seems to be dishes and laundry piling up, but we do our best to make time for the things that matter like family walks around the neighborhood, dinner with friends, and lazy Sunday mornings in our pajamas. I recently started a blog in an effort to chronicle our adventures and as a way to keep family and friends updated on our happenings – www.sullivanfamilyfun.blogspot.com.
YVONNE: Your daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Could you share with us when she was diagnosed?
ADRIENNE: We found out when I was about 16 weeks pregnant that Brianne had Down syndrome. They saw a heart defect during a routine ultrasound, so when we were sent to a specialist, they informed us that there was a very good chance that she had Down syndrome (50% of individuals with DS have some sort of heart condition at birth). So, we opted to have the amniocentesis so we would know for certain – and the test results confirmed our daughter had an extra 21st chromosome, which equates to Down syndrome.
YVONNE: At the time, how much did you know about Down syndrome?
ADRIENNE: Before learning about Brianne’s “designer genes”, I did not have any idea what Ds really was. Sure, I had seen some people that had Ds, and knew that was what it was called, but beyond that I really had no clue what it meant. But we quickly became educated on the ins and outs of Down syndrome. The day that we got the results back, I went into research mode and even joined the local Down Syndrome Partnership. Through searching online, I found these amazing photomontages that were of kids that had Down syndrome and I was in awe by their beauty. Stunning photos set to beautiful music brought tears to my eyes (happy tears). These beautiful children were partaking in typical kid activities and they had huge smiles on their faces and it was clear these kids were loved.
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