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    Posted July 9, 2014 by
    Port Rowan, Ontario
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Raising a special needs child


    Hey all.. My wife wanted me to do this because, why I'm more articulate? Maybe.. Because I look good in type? Probably! The reason im doing this is mt Stephanie! She was born May 19th 2011.. Ultrasounds all pointed fingers to a Cardiac problem later found out to be Atrio Ventricular Septal Defect.. Or in the common tongue, something was wrong with her heart.. My wife and myself had no idea she had Down Syndrome, until genetic testing was done after her birth. Yada yada yada she had open heart surgery at less than 4 months old at Sick Kids in Toronto.. Scared? Hell yes I was! But I was the rock for my wife and my family. (Steph has an older sister Meghan) She pulled through after a marathon 6.5 hour surgery, over 100 stitches in that tiny heart if you can believe it! Time passes Steph heals. Now the challenge begins. How do my wife and I raise a child with Down Syndrome? I know people with Down Syndrome, quite a few. Here we sit worrying about whether or not she may be autistic as well, have aspergers.. Or scared in general what may happen. After tests and such shes in the clear for any other challenges. Though to all of you out there who deal with more my heart goes out to you! And my hat is off to you! Steph is a healthy 3 year old and I treat her the same as I treated her sister at 3, disability be damned! They're people too who want no special treatment! They want to be given a chance! Yeah I worry about Steph when Im gone, scares the shit out of me! But by raising her without the stigma of being "different" she's gonna shock the world! Treat your little ones the same! Whether they are "handicapped" or not.. They all deserve a chance and the only ones that can give them that chance is us! The Parents! If you find yourself dealing with this hard luck case of having a child with special needs just remember it could always be worse! You are their guidance, their aim, you are who they want to grow up to be!!! Be the Man! or The Woman and show these little ones whom every thinks has it so tough that they CAN! And WILL! Do whatever they want! Because you have never been loved sooo much as you have when you got a little one at home with special needs! Thanks everyone!
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