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Gifts: Down syndrome
Stories were important to me before I had a child with Down syndrome. I was, after all, the little girl who would read until her eyes ached, who literally got in trouble for reading too much.
But after finding out that Moxie was going to be coming with an extra chromosome, they were not just important; they were necessary. They were vital.
I needed to know what others had experienced in having a child with Down syndrome, their voices were absolutely critical to me. Those stories were not a luxury, they were a lifeline.
One book in particular that I reached for and found solace in was Gifts – which was a collection of stories from mothers of children with Down syndrome.
Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives
The 10th edition of this stellar book has just been released and I am honored to be a part of it.
My story of ‘Choosing Moxie’ is featured in it (Chapter 13! Page 59!).
I am grateful to be in such good company, and delighted to feel like I’ve reached full circle – where I am now able to offer up my own story in the hope of helping someone who is now, as I once was, desperately looking for stories and a voice to connect with.
Gifts: 10th Anniversary Edition
Here it is! There are only 12 copies on Amazon as of writing this – link to them is here.
More on the book:
Michelle from Big Blueberry Eyes is in it! I love her. And Sandra (Sean’s mom from the hit reality show, “Born With it”), along with a host of cool moms from the Down syndrome community.
The depth and breadth of the stories represented means that there is literally something for everyone.
I hope you read it, pass it on and spread the word that this expanded edition is out there now.
Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.