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The Cajigas Family

The Cajigas Family

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Our Kiids | 0 comments

We are the Cajigas family….Manny was born on February 17th 2011! He is lucky #7.  He has changed the way we look at life in a wonderful way! His full name is Emanual which means”God is with him”.  Rick and I feel like we were hand picked to have this angel in our life..So blessed.

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The Machinsky Family

The Machinsky Family

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Our Kiids | 4 comments

This is Gavin! Born August 2011. We were unaware of his diagnosis until after his birth. In the beginning, we were scared, sad and unsure about what the future would bring. Fast forward 2 years, he is an active, fun and healthy toddler. His smile and warm hug will melt your heart. We joined KIIDS shortly after his birth and it was the best decision we ever made. We were welcomed with open arms and it didn’t take long to realize that these kids are just that…kids. They’re just like everyone else. We were reminded that we will have our share of challenges but his accomplishments will far outweigh any of them. Gavin has made us all better people: we’re more compassionate, patient and grateful for health and life. He is a huge blessing to us all. He is destined for...

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The Compton Family

The Compton Family

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Our Kiids | 0 comments

2008 had been a difficult year for us.  We had a baby in the second trimester followed soon after by an early miscarriage. After numerous doctor visits to confirm I was healthy, we found the courage to try again. Unlike my first 3 pregnancies, it took us quite a while to get pregnant.  But finally in February of 2009, the test was positive- we did it! We were anxious, but excited. Things progressed normally.  My OBGYN offered a new screening.  Sure, why not. I’m sure everything will be fine.  We had been through so much already, and the testing would provide us with a bunch of extra ultrasound pictures. The first ultrasound would be in the first trimester.  How exciting! They took all the necessary pictures and measurements.  They had me wait in the consultation room where I met with the Antenatal doctor. I was confident everything would be okay, but it wasn’t.  The doctor was concerned about an elevated nuchal translucency.  Apparently, it was significant.  Although I got him to admit it could resolve and be nothing, this measurement was often indicative of one of the trisomy syndromes.  It had to be nothing!  He tried to schedule a chorionic-villi test of the chromosomes, but I refused.  There was no way I was going to risk this miracle baby for my piece of mind.  I would continue with the screenings until a major problem presented, but until that time I would try to continue with the pregnancy as though everything was fine. Each ultrasound got better- the fluid was absorbing, but there was still more than there should be.  Thankfully some good news- the heart was normal.  Different subtle red flags would pop up- like mild hydronephrosis and a small choroid plexus cyst- all normal variants, but grouped together made the doctor suspicious. But they would disappear by the next ultrasound.  Once or twice the doctor said, “This kid looks great!” He would be cautiously optimistic baffled by my refusal for an amniocentesis to end the mystery. At 16 weeks, we knew for sure it was a boy.  I had so many ultrasound pictures that it was clear even...

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The Nadolny Family

The Nadolny Family

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Our Kiids | 0 comments

My name is Krista and this is my beautiful little family. Steve, the Dad, Amanda and Sara the big sisters and of course Jacob better known as Jake. We found out at 13 weeks that Jake was going to have Down Syndrome. It was a shock to hear but once we found out he was a boy too there was no other way for us but to accept this journey and experience the life of a child with Ds. I have to say , so far, it is amazing! He has given us something in life we didn’t have before, the ability to slow down, enjoy all the little things and most of all a love far beyond what we all knew before. We all stop now to look at everyone a little differently then we did before.He has brought so many other wonderful people into our lives as well. What a beautiful gift we recieved on June 30th 2011, filled with so much promise ,determination and love. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Welcome all to the...

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The Bank and Beale Family

The Bank and Beale Family

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Our Kiids | 0 comments

The Bank Family: Michael is our third son and we can’t imagine life without him. When he was born, his diagnosis of Down syndrome was a huge shock. I had two healthy pregnancies before and I was under 35 years old. But 12 years later, he has taught us so much about life and has touched so many people, that we can’t imagine Michael any other way. He attends our local middle school and participates in soccer and baseball leagues and has a busy social calendar thanks to KIIDS. We are proud and honored to be parents of such an amazing boy!   The Beale Family: Hello.  My name is Geeanna, but everyone calls me Gee.  I am a 6 year old little girl.  My Mom found out when I was 5 months old (in utero) that I had down syndrome.  A scary time for her.  Mom didn’t know anything about down syndrome (at that time).  My doctors didn’t want to meet me, as they tried to guide my Mom to termination.  But not MY  Mom!  She definitely cried a river of tears during my final 4 months in her belly.  She took this time to educate herself and everyone around her about down syndrome.  Finally I was born on June 28th and my big brother Justin and big sister Janae were right there anxious to meet me.  Immediately Mom contacted KIIDS and soon became an active member, eventually taking the co-chair position.  My family and I have made many friendships through the years that will last a lifetime.  Thanks to all my friends and how involved they are in my life, I have a large following on the internet. Life couldn’t be any better for me!  As for Mom she tells me everyday “ I love you just the way you...

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