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Woman with Down syndrome Donates Blood 150 Times

By Kat Abianac / August 10, 2016

Jenna Strauss, 39, went to her blood clinic in June for her regular donation. Before she went, she made sure to eat iron rich food and protein. “Having a good iron count is very crucial in order to donate. After the donation, I usually get apple juice and I eat a little something light!” she […]


Dear Bella, You Are Not Your Report Card.

By Kat Abianac / August 7, 2016

To my first baby. Beautiful Bella. Today I received an email containing your school report. It told me what I already knew. You display great empathy for others. You are a caring little girl, making improvements in your school learning and social capabilities. It also reminded me of a few things that I prefer not […]


What Your Child With Down Syndrome Might Do

By Kat Abianac / February 18, 2016

It can be a scary place, the first moments after your child with Down syndrome enters the world.  There are no guarantees in life. Having a great love, following a true passion, having a child.. it’s all a gamble. You won’t always take the most worn and travelled path as you create your own life story.. […]


What to Say When a Baby is Born with Down Syndrome

By Hayley Goleniowska / February 2, 2016

 So, you hear the news that someone in your family, a close friend or an acquaintance has given birth to their baby. Great news!     But within seconds you are told that the baby has Down Syndrome.   “Oh…. “ [There follows a mixture of disbelief, shock, stunned silence, anger, hurt, disappointment, perhaps a […]

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