The Communication's Director for the Omaha Down Syndrome Parents Network contacted me a few weeks back and asked if I would be willing to contribute a little something to the Annual Report she was working on. I was, of course, happy to help!
The Report is out and check out who made a little appearance on page 3. :-)
We learned moments after her birth, that our little Miss Macy had Down Syndrome.
This is something my husband and I knew nothing about and had no prior experience with or exposure to. To say we were overwhelmed would be the understatement of the century. We were contacted by a few individuals involved with ODSPN (an organization we did not know existed) within days. Our minds were quickly put at ease once we were made aware of the wide array of LOCAL resources we had at our disposal. It was so refreshing and reassuring to find that there were so many families right here in our community who also share this "common thread". We were NOT alone.
During this first year we have benefited most by connecting with other families and sharing stories with those who understand and see "eye-to-eye" with us most. I have found the Down Syndrome Super Mom's group to be an invaluable support system. I enjoy our monthly coffee's, and have formed bonds and friendships with the other mom's that will truly last a lifetime. We have also taken advantage of some learning materials available through ODSPN's lending library, which has been helpful.
My husband and I have had a great time meeting and getting to know other families at the various events that ODSPN puts on throughout the year, from swim parties, to football games, to a party a Bounce U, etc. Although Macy is not yet old enough to truly appreciate them, her big sister sure does. I think it's great the outreach that ODSPN provides the siblings as well.
Our local Down Syndrome organization, formerly know as ODPSN, is now officially "Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands. DSA for short.