What a married woman with Down syndrome wants you to know

Meet Kate Owens.

Kate got married 3 years ago, and is busy loving life! I asked Kate, as a married woman with Down syndrome, to share some things about herself as well as her life.

She has something important to say to mothers of kids with Down syndrome or special needs, too.

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How did I meet my husband? We met at a local disco in 2007. He bought me a drink and we danced.. I told mum about him after!

Our first date was out for lunch. It was chucking it down with rain, so we had to share my umbrella- and we kissed.

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Steve proposed at a charity ball in Bristol. He stopped the DJ playing music, got down on one knee in the middle of the dance floor and proposed. Everyone cheered when I said yes.
It is my 30th birthday on 27th August and I’m having a big party with a disco, and Steve is 35.

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Kate and Steve completing a local charity Rainbow Run to support their local children’s hospital

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Having a relaxed day out at an outdoors Westlife concert

What do I like the most about being a wife? I like being a wife because I can boss him around!! Not really, it’s changed my life forever, it means everything.

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Kate, with her beautiful flower girl, on her wedding day

What do we enjoy doing together? We like going to our clubs, and the gym and church, but everything really.

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I want to say to mums of young girls who have Down syndrome, and the girls themselves- You can meet a man that’s right for you, and enjoy your life.

Down Syndrome shouldn’t stop you doing what you want to do.

married woman with down syndromePhotos used with permission from Kate Owens.

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Kat Abianac

Kat is a writer and a passionate advocate for inclusion in the media and advertising. She has two children, one with Down syndrome. Use the 'contact us' tab on this site to request her media kit or to get in touch. You may republish content from www.parkermyles.com on your own site, provided a pingback is made to her original article and she is fully credited as author.
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Kat Abianac

Kat is a writer and a passionate advocate for inclusion in the media and advertising. She has two children, one with Down syndrome. Use the 'contact us' tab on this site to request her media kit or to get in touch. You may republish content from www.parkermyles.com on your own site, provided a pingback is made to her original article and she is fully credited as author.

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55 comments
Saam Amerat - June 19, 2015

Be happily ever after 🙂

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ADeforge - April 30, 2015

Please! Please! Please! If you have a child or sibling with Down Syndrome or any other developmental disability, please when they turn 18 apply for Guardianship or some legal method to protect your child or sibling incase they become married or can not advocate for themselves. Save yourself the nightmare of letting the state, their spouse or spouses family from having a say in the individuals healthcare, if they become unable to speak for themselves. I can not stress this enough!

Also, please look into special NYS OPWDD requirements for Health Care Proxy’s, yours may not be valid.
http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/…/information_f…/health_care_choices

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    Kat Abianac - May 2, 2015

    Terrific advice, thankyou.

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Jennifer cox - October 30, 2014

That is good to hear we can get married when you can be anything I am happy for you two

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judt de kam - October 29, 2014

MAY GOD BLESS YOU N ENCOURAGE YOU DAILY WITH LOVE N RESPECT FOR EACHOTHER..AND GROUNDED IN CHRIST IS MY PRAYER FOR YOU…

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Hannah - October 27, 2014

Hi Katie
You probably won’t see this but my name is Hannah and I am a writer and would love to work with you and write your story if that is something you would be interested in. Your Story is wonderful.
Hannah

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behindblueeyes914 - September 28, 2014

This is a truly inspiring story. I do have one question though, does Steve have any disabilities? Its no more or less inspiring if he does or does not have any disabilities, its just rare to see someone with no disabilities daring someone that has them. At least from what I have seen but I have been pretty sheltered. My oldest has Down Syndrome and it has opened my eyes and my heart to a whole new world.

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Sophie - September 23, 2014

I found you through Mamma Mia, they posted this post on their site and after reading it I had to come and have a look at your blog. This is a beautiful story. I love how these two have found each other and how they look so in love. It’s just a beautiful thing to see.Thank-you for writing this.

Sophie xxx

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samah - September 21, 2014

thank you for sharing the story.. so inspiring… it means so much to us…

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Jean Reinhardt - September 21, 2014

Such a lovely couple, and an inspiring example. Thanks for sharing this.

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Ann M Hill - September 20, 2014

I have been in Special Ed for 4 decades and the step mum of a son who has D.S. This story warms my heart and should be shared..People with D.S. are the most loving, caring and beautiful people on earth.

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sarah mcvey - September 20, 2014

I have chills ….I think I might cry. I don’t do that but this story had made my heart smile. I 31 years old and the proud mother of 4 . My oldest Jonathan, 13 years old and he has down syndrome. All he had Ever wanted is to be a husband. Even before he had even seen an example of what that meant. At two just beginning to walk he would aline stuffed animals (babies) on the arm of the couch. Get a blanket cover them up just so. Then stand there and pat there butts till they fell asleep…..for a typically developing child that isn’t a big deal, but for him it was a labor intensive task. He is happiest if aloud to wear his Sunday best…..EVERY DAY. He cleans the bac yard in a suit and tie. Because you never know when it will be time to fulfil your destiny and to him being “happy husband Jonathan ” is his. ……im a bit choked up. Since the day I had him and looked at his gorgeous lil face I have just wanted his happiness. And I have heard awful soul crushing stories. Men and women being stopped LEGALLY stopped from being aloud to wed simply because they are disabled. I have had people scoff at his dream to have a family. Curl there face and say …”what if he had children” in side you can’t help but be crushed……outwardly I would rub my hands together and oh I would just hope the kids would have down syndrome and that I could play with them EVERY day” …..but in side I always worry. If he CAN have his dream. So I want YOU to know that you have just given a mom the greatest gift…… hope and reassurance. Thank you

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Mirjam - September 20, 2014

As a mom i would hope that both of my girls wil be so happy in life as you twoo are…
And my princes of ten years young with down, i just hope that she will see her live
filled with joY and laughter and good friends and relatives…..And love like you and your man have found. Greetings from the Netherlands..

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Carey - September 20, 2014

You are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your precious moments. I have an almost 14yr old daughter with DS and it gives me hope for her future to see your blessings that God have given you. Congratulations! Aloha from Kauai, Hawaii!

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Irene ortiz - September 20, 2014

I have a daughter with DS and i hope she fines a good man like you did god bless!!!!!

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Juliette Kings - September 20, 2014

Reblogged this on West Coast Review and commented:
A love story on so many levels…
If you don’t feel good after reading this then, well, I don’t know. Maybe you need to read it again and feel the joy we should all share in life.

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Jo Craig - September 20, 2014

As the grandmother of a little girl with DS, I loved your story. I pray God continues to bless you and your husband!

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Daven Anderson - September 20, 2014

Reblogged this on Vampire Syndrome Blog and commented:
My character Jack doesn’t let Down Syndrome stop him, and neither dies Kate! Congratulations on your wonderful life, Kate! 🙂

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mohamed fazly ilyas - September 20, 2014

I am very happy for you Kate and thank steve for marrying you and making your life meaningful. most parents will be always hesitant to give their daughter with this syndrome in marriage due to natural concerns.I hope God will guide you and steve with love and care from here on to eternity.. And best wishes in the making towards a family. God bless and best wishes.

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Belinda Connor - September 18, 2014

Gives me hope that my daughter will find her “mate” I want her to be able to be whom ever her heart desires. Great inspiring story!!

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    mohamed fazly ilyas - September 20, 2014

    Best wishes belinda.. i hope she will find her suitor. god bless.

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linda seeger - September 18, 2014

I wish you both happiness you are beautiful inside and outside bless you .

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Maha Moustafa Kamal - September 2, 2014

your lovely story has much encouraged me..i feel so proud of U ..U R not only a very beautiful bride..U R also a very successful woman who has proved that there is nothing called ”impossible”.
God bless U both..i hope U enjoy health and happiness for the rest of your life

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Steven Emmons - August 22, 2014

Beautiful couple. Beautiful hearts. Beautiful thoughts. God bless your lives together.

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Suzi - August 22, 2014

What a lovely couple you are – I wish you well in your life together. Downs Syndrome does not define you – you are uniquely you – a woman, a daughter and a wife – and a beautiful one at
that !!

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bozena - August 18, 2014

What a lovely story & beautiful photos of such beautiful people – inside & out! Thank you for sharing your inspiring message

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Shirley - August 18, 2014

What a wonderful story, you both look so happy. Best wishes for your future together

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Fauzia Hussain - August 16, 2014

Congratulations !!!thanks !! For sharing your tale of love …..IM so happy for both of you , may you two live life happily ever after

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nikoteen87 - August 15, 2014

I am a mummy to a little girl with Down syndrome and this has brought happy tears to my eyes and a smile across my face. Thank you for the post and to Kate for sharing 🙂

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robyn finnan - August 15, 2014

this is a beautiful story for this young woman but just want to say that it is not for all who have down syndrome as I work with profound downs for over 30 yrs and wish their stories could be so beautiful as this lovely young woman. Congratulations for having your life sweetheart the way you want it to be.Hugs x

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emmalynn - August 14, 2014

Such a beautiful and happy story. I am so glad you found happiness darl, every woman deserves it. And every girl deserves to be a princess On her special day

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LavendarLadi - August 14, 2014

I love her dress and the flower girl’s dress is sooo sweet.

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bea agnone - August 13, 2014

my granddaughter has ds. im hoping she finds someone to love her the way she loves everyone. you are a beautifull person with a beautifull heart

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Linda - August 13, 2014

As the mother of an eight year old boy with Down syndrome, I thank you for sharing this post! Kate and her husband look absolutely beautiful on their wedding day and it’s so good to see a woman with Down syndrome enjoying her life to the full!

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Damaris Holder - August 13, 2014

You both look so happy together and I am pleased you shared your story with us. I pray that this openness of yours will be a great encouragement to other DSers. Bless you both.

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Tosha Tanquary - August 13, 2014

I love seeing stories like this and thinking about my girl’s future… Hope has no limitations.

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AlicFcebooke Loos - August 13, 2014

awesome, I wish tem a very haapy long lasting love understnding, and above all, help each other. Congrats. Alice Loos, Curacao.

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vicky allen - August 13, 2014

As a mum of a little girl who has downs syndrome this was really great to read, thank you for sharing your love story, it has really encouraged me ! You looked fantastic on your wedding day and a very happy couple, God bless you both for a long and happy future together x

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Chris Kozikas - August 13, 2014

Love knows no boundaries good luck to you both for a wonderful future xxxx

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Julie - August 13, 2014

What a fabulous story. Thanks for sharing. x

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Jo Reeves - August 13, 2014

Such a simple beautiful story, you looked gorgeous on your wedding day and the smile on your faces in the other photos says it all. My son is only 4 , he how DS and I hope he meets someone as as lovely as you xx

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helen - August 13, 2014

What a beautiful young woman, she looks fantastic on her wedding day and very happy with her new husband all the best to them x

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