Meet Jagger

He has made my life more purposeful. He’s changed my outlook on life. the most important thing he has taught me is to embrace adversity.

From an outsider looking in, it might be hard to understand what it’s like to have a child with Down Syndrome. To the outsider, it may seem like an undesirable life, difficult and maybe a burden. Some wonder how you could care for a child with a disability. They couldn’t do it and if they had the choice they would have had an abortion. Often parents hear “You’re a stronger person than I am.” When the test results come back negative for T21 it’s celebrated. When they come back positive, they’re apologetic and feel sorry for you.

But as the parent of the child with Down syndrome, my perspective is much more than that. Yes, it can be difficult, but my son is not a burden. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. He has made my life more purposeful. He’s changed my outlook on life and made me less judgmental of others which has resulted in becoming more open-minded. He’s taught me not to care so much about what other’s think, and to love someone for exactly who they are. He is also making my kids into better human beings. They won’t grow up judging others and will understand everyone is special in their own way. And the most important thing he has taught me is to embrace adversity.

No matter what, there is always going to be people looking and judging because in their eyes my son isn’t “normal” but all we can do is live our best life and do our best to spread awareness and advocate for people like him. And for those people, I cannot reach with my words, it’s their loss on getting to know these amazing human beings! This boy has my heart 💕

Kayla Thomas

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