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Being Different

By Kat Abianac / January 29, 2015

I didn’t even see them coming. I guess I never do, because I don’t ever expect anyone to be so mean. I was pushing Desi on the swings, as high as I could. She never gets scared of anything. Not even all the doctors. Mom calls her Destiny the Brave. She loves it when I […]


The Down Syndrome Project

By Kat Abianac / January 17, 2015

My child has Down syndrome.When he was born, I named the ominous piles of paperwork and referrals the ‘Down syndrome project’. My medical and resource folders are thicker than any project or assignment I’ve been given in my life. It is a condition which can have an increasing number of symptoms over time. This means […]


Two years ago

By Kat Abianac / January 15, 2015

Exactly two years ago, at 11:50 pm, I was laying in a private room at the Mater on level 8. They always put mums in a private room, after their babies are diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome. I guess it’s so the mothers can cry in private. I didn’t cry until the next morning, […]


A smiling angel grew his wings a year ago. To his parents..

By Kat Abianac / September 12, 2014

13th September is a day I will remember for the rest of my life. It is the day the world had lost a very special little boy named Blake. Blake had so many smiles for his friends and family, and those smiles, every one of them, will live on forever. I looked down at my […]


Then and Now.. What will my child with Down syndrome look like?

By Kat Abianac / September 1, 2014

I often find myself writing for new parents of children with Down syndrome and this post is no exception. Even though my main audience will always be those outside the Down syndrome community, to provide a snapshot of what life is like for one parent of a child with additional needs, I am always drawn […]


Breastfeeding a baby with Down syndrome

By Kat Abianac / August 26, 2014

Breastfeeding a baby with Down syndrome is not unlike breastfeeding a typical baby.  Many mothers have totally differing experiences, just like with typical children. Here are stories from mothers around the world, to help you on your own breastfeeding journey. Be warned- it’s long! Go make a cup of tea and prepare to read this across a […]

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