Four years ago our lives began again. On April 20th we welcomed the newest member to our family. This pregnancy was nothing like my first. The cloak of mindless pregnancy complaints and carefree certainty was removed, doused in kerosene and set ablaze.
Sean is 15 years old and attends a public high school in Carroll County. He loves making videos and wants to be a videographer.
Shortly after my son was born with Down syndrome in 2000, representatives of my local Down syndrome organization visited Downside Up, an early intervention center in Russia. When Andy was about a year old, I read their newsletter article about this trip where they reported that more than 90% of the children with Down syndrome were institutionalized in Russia and that the parents of children with Down syndrome often faced isolation and discrimination.
In 1981, just before I turned 12, my family packed our belongings and emigrated my then 15 year old brother and I from the small island of Taiwan. I had understood that I was going to learn English and live in a place very different than Taiwan, but I would not fully grasp the different trajectory my life was about to take.