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This commemorative 10th anniversary edition of Gifts includes 10 new personal stories, along with where-are-they-now updates on many of the children and families featured in the first edition. Gifts is the much-loved collection of over sixty essays written by mothers who share their truths about raising children with Down syndrome. Powerful then and powerful now, it affirms over and over that a life with an extra chromosome is one worth living.
The contributors to this collection have diverse personalities and perspectives, and draw from a wide spectrum of ethnicity, world views, and religious beliefs. Some are parenting within a traditional family structure; some are not. Some never considered terminating their pregnancy; some struggled with the decision. Some were calm at the time of diagnosis; some were traumatized. Some write about their pregnancy and the early months after giving birth; some reflect on years of experience with their child.
The writers’ diverse experiences point to a common truth: The life of a child with Down syndrome is something to celebrate. These women have a message to share—not just with other mothers but with genetic counselors, obstetricians, and the rest of us. In particular, Gifts, 10th Anniversary Edition, provides new parents with a source of up-to-date, positive, and realistic insight that is too often missing when they are facing a pre-or postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
Edited by Kathryn Lynard
Kathryn Lynard is a writer, advocate, consultant, and mother of seven living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the editor of two anthologies about motherhood, and the author of The Year My Son and I Were Born: A Story of Down Syndrome, Motherhood, and Self-Discovery (Globe Pequot Press, 2007).
Also by Kathryn Lynard:
Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World