Step Up for Down Syndrome 2021

The Cricket Crew 2021

The surprise diagnosis of a tripled 21st chromosome for our fourth child as she was placed in our arms for the first time June 26, 2011 is forever seared in our memory. We finally got the girl, and then some. 
 
According to my research, surprise is a brief mental and physiological state with varying degrees of effect on one's state of mind which my husband and I have absolutely experienced.

Negative surprises intensify feelings of anger, fear, despair and unhappiness while positive surprises intensify feelings of peace, safety, hope and joy. I can safely say that the latter has far (FAR!) outweighed the former, and our little girl (not so little anymore) is the brightest light in all of our days. Cricket is kind and compassionate, warm and loving. She loves to cook, read, paint, swim, bike, play with her Barbies, boss around our dog Moose, clean windows (!) and jump on the trampoline. She is a dedicated Girl Scout and plays basketball for her class team and makes quite a few baskets.
 
 
What continues to strike me as miraculous is the fact that Cricket keeps us living in the moment with her unique and fresh surprises. The main function of surprise is to interrupt an ongoing action and reorient attention to a new, possibly significant event causing one to re-focus on new and different stimuli which never fails to bring us back to mindful and intentional living which just happens to be a big part of my calling in life. Cricket is my best teacher.

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis has been instrumental in helping me realize the blessings of having these angels among us in our world. DSAGSL has been there along the way for a multitude of needs including educator training, IEP support, behavior modification, sibling support and puberty preparation. I am very excited to see what the future holds with the DSAGSL’s recent move to mid county St. Louis, Missouri. Onward and upward DSAGSL!

Michelle 
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The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis is to benefit the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families through individual and family support, education, public awareness and advocacy. For more information about us, please visit www.dsagsl.org or call our office at (314) 961-2504. Thank you!

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