During the month of October, I will be sharing facts and myths about Down syndrome.
Fact vs. Myth
Fact is defined as a truth known by actual experience or observation;something known to be true.
Myth is defined as an unproved or false collective belief.
There are lots of myths about Down syndrome, myths that I believed to be facts when I was first told that my baby would have Down syndrome.
One of those myths is that “all people with Down syndrome look alike”
This is not true at all.
Just like people who share the same ethnicity share similar characteristics, people with Down syndrome are individuals who share similar characteristics.
The following are characteristics of Down syndrome, a broad facial profile, beautiful almond shaped eyes, low muscle tone, small stature, and a single crease in the palm of the hand. The last characteristic is Logan’s favorite. Royal has a a single crease in both palms.
Individuals with Down syndrome will have some or all of these characteristics but mostly people with Down syndrome look more like their family than they do each other.
Royal has auburn hair, like his grandfather Doc Holliday, and light blonde eyebrows, which arch perfectly like his Papa’s, his cute little nose is like Mama Gena’s and his deep brown eyes, are just like Mama’s, I also like to take credit for that lush head of hair he has.
Royal also has long legs and arms, and very long fingers and toes, which are from my dad’s side of the family.
Remember, individuals with Down syndrome have the same genes their parents do, they just happen to have an extra copy of chromosome 21, which manifests itself differently in each individual.
Take a look at some of my favorite blogs out there which show kids with Down syndrome and their families, you will find out how we are all “more alike than different.”
Gillian Marchenko’s Blog: http://www.gillianmarchenko.com
Enjoying The Small Things: http://www.kellehampton.com
Unforseen Gifts: http://unforeseengifts.blogspot.com
Conny Wenk’s Blog: http://connywenk.com/blog/
All these families are living with Down syndrome and I’m so honored to be part of the same club as these wonderful ladies.