updates from the bradfields

19 Jul 06 An extraordinary life

What an overwhelming week this has been! Hopefully it’s the start of something extraordinary.

On Friday, July 14th, our second daughter, Nicole, was born. Five hours after she arrived, we learned that she had several characteristics of Down Syndrome. This was a shock, especially under the fog of sleep deprivation. Now, five days later, the initial round of testing indicates that she does have the condition. There’s nothing easy about this, especially given everything else that’s going on in our lives, but it is less of a shock because we’ve had time to come to terms with how it will change our lives. Leaving family and friends behind in Toronto at this time seems even more difficult, given the new circumstances. Fortunately we’re going to a place (New York City) where we hope to find incredible services and support.

All of this got me thinking. Most people want an ordinary life speckled with extraordinary moments that make life memorable. It is very rare that life takes on an extraordinary turn of events that makes every day meaningful.

Anyway, we want to share this news with those of you reading this site. We are fine. We have much learning to do, and more importantly much living.

“Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition. The occurrence of Down syndrome is universal across racial and gender lines, and it is present in approximately one in 800 births in Canada.” Canadian Down Syndrome Society

The National Down Syndrome Congress also has published some great facts that put all of this in perspective. There is also a great piece that Nicole’s aunt Angela found called, “If People with Down Syndrome Ruled the World.” If you have time, it’s worth the read.

Chubby cheeks

We will keep you posted as our life becomes a little bit more extraordinary.