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How My Child Inspires Me - By Cyndi Donner

My name is Cyndi and I am the proud parent of Amelia. You see, Rich and I have a blended family with three older kids: Alexus 12, Tabitha 10, and Chase 9. Three years ago Rich and I started thinking of the name that we were going to name our daughter and Amelia was going to be the perfect name. A few months later we found out that we were going to be having a baby.

My pregnancy was very stressful. We found out when I was four months into the pregnancy that she had Down syndrome. I was hurt, angry, and felt very guilty. I was advised to go see the wonderful people at RMDSA.

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The next day I went there and met with RMDSA staff. They were angels! Rich and I did everything we could to educate ourselves. In November of 2006 Amelia was born... My God is she beautiful!

Four months later to the day she had open heart surgery so the doctors could repair her ASD and VSD. Today she is 21 months old and the most amazing little person I have ever known. She is going up and down the stairs, communicating with us using sign language, and cruising along the furniture.

She has blessed our family in so many ways that I don't see her diagnosis when I look at her - I just see this wonderful little angel that was given to us for us to take care of. She gets up every morning with the best attitude and biggest smile on her face and so happy to see all of us.

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